Giro dell'Emilia - Race Overview

Tour of Poland stage winner Jack Haig climbed strongly with the favourites in today’s 100th Giro dell’Emilia to take ninth place for ORICA-SCOTT after untimely crashes forced out both Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves.

The long and challenging race sprang to life on the testing finishing circuits around San Luca with the early breakaway finally being caught with two laps left to race.

A strong favourites group formed over the final 20kilometres with ORICA-SCOTT well represented before first Yates fell on a sharp descent and had to abandon after rapidly losing time as the race sped on ahead.

The 25-year-old Briton was fortunately not injured, but the bad luck continued for the Australian outfit as last years winner Chaves mounted a chase behind a late attack by Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) and crashed heavily coming out of a corner at speed on the descent from San Luca.

The race continued and Haig held his own in the reduced chasing group behind Visconti, despite the pursuit Vsiconti stayed away to take the race win with Haig running an impressive ninth.

News on Chaves will follow, considering the impact the early signs are good with the Colombian being taken to hospital for X-rays.

“The race was going really well for us up until the last couple of circuits,” said sport director Dave McPartland. “We had good numbers within the favourites group and it’s unfortunate that we lost our two leaders, Adam and Esteban to crashes, it is bad luck, but also a part of cycling.”

Read the full report here.

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Giovanni Visconti (ITA) - Bahrain-Merida 5:31:50
2 Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) - Bahrain-Merida 0:00:12
3 Rigoberto Uran (COL) - Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:15
4 Nicolas Roche (IRL) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:19
5 Gianni Moscon (ITA) - Team Sky 0:00:23
6 Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:26
7 Diego Ulissi (ITA) - Team UAE Emirates
8 Thibaut Pinot (FRA) - FDJ
9 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:00:33
10 Ben Hermans (BEL) - BMC Racing Team
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
9 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:00:33
29 Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:02:30
65 Carlos Verona (SPA) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:08:50