Pieter Weening has become the first Dutchman to win the Giro della Toscana, taking out the one-day race with a solo victory this afternoon.
The win completes the Italian double for ORICA-GreenEDGE this weekend following British neo-pro Adam Yates’ success at the GP Industria and Artigianato yesterday.
“Today it went perfect for us,” Weening said.
“Adam and I ended up in the first group. Adam attacked just before the last climb so the other guys had to chase it down and that was the perfect position.
“Then I was able to come from behind at full speed and surprise the other guys with only 3km to go and that’s how we won, it was teamwork.
“Adam and I had a good training camp beforehand so we were in good shape and today this was a hard course so we could use it.
“If it’s a hard course and you have good shape, you are of course going to have more profit out of it.”
The team was on the front foot all day with Cameron Meyer and Sam Bewley amongst the day’s main 17-man breakaway.
As the only team not represented in the break, the Italian National Team took ownership of the chase reducing it to just one minute on the first lap of the final circuit.
“It was a great situation for us with Sam and Cam (Meyer) there, because it would have suited Cam if it had gone all the way to the finish,” sport director David McPartland said.
“But realistically we knew it was more than likely going to come back so when it did we had all of our guys ready.
“Cameron was one of the last guys in the break to get caught and he basically then set the race up with three or four laps to go for Adam and Pieter.”
Weening and Yates traded blows to the surviving group, each working off the front at various times.
“It really could have gone either way, but it was Pieter who got away with about 3km to go,” McPartland said.
“When he saw no one was on his wheel he committed full gas.
“They boys have done a great job this weekend, we are really happy with the whole team to back it up again today.”