Albasini animates the breakaway and comes close in the GP du Canton d’Argovie

Thu 9 Jun 2016

Two-time GP du Canton d’Argovie winner Michael Albasini spent the day driving the breakaway for ORICA-GreenEDGE, missing out on a third victory as the move was caught on the final lap of the race.

Albasini was part of a sixteen-man move that escaped on the first of eight laps around the town of Gippingen. Taking huge turns on the front and pulling the group up the short climbs, the Swiss rider gave it everything in search of a record breaking third win.

The race was eventually won from the bunch sprint by Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) after the field came back together with less than 15kilometres to go.

Magnus Cort contested the sprint for ORICA-GreenEDGE, crossing the line in seventh place after suffering a mechanical in the finale and needing a very speedy bike change.

Sport director Dave McPartland was pleased with how the team performed in such a fast and aggressive race.

The whole team rode very well today,” said McPartland. “We can be very pleased with our efforts. Michael (Albasini) was very unfortunate to be out front for so long only to be caught on the final circuit."

“It was a difficult lumpy course but we gave it our best shot with Amets Txurruka following the eight man move that tried to break clear in the last ten kilometres and keeping us in contact.

“Magnus (Cort) was very unlucky with the timing of his mechanical,” explained McPartland. “However he did fantastically well to get back on and still finish in seventh place.

“Of course it would have been great if Michael's attack had made it to the line. He has such a good history of results in this race but as always he represented the team superbly and we can now look forward to the Tour de Suisse next week.”

How it happened:

The sun was breaking through the clouds this lunchtime in Switzerland and welcomed the riders to the start of the 2016 GP du Canton d’Argovie.

The parcours covered ten 18.8kilometre circuits around the town of Gippingen and as expected the start was fast and aggressive.

Sixteen riders went clear on the first lap with New Zealander Sam Bewley part of the move for ORICA-GreenEDGE alongside team leader Albasini. The group had an early lead of one-minute 15seconds on the bunch.

By the time the group hit the third circuit Bewley had dropped off leaving Albasini at the front with a two-minute advantage on the peloton.

The situation remained the same past the halfway point of the race and beyond with Albasini extremely active in the leading group.

With one lap to go until the finish only 40seconds separated the field as Lampre-Merida led the charge at the front of the peloton. The breakaway was caught with around 15kilometres left to race as the fast moving peloton swallowed up the Albasini group.

An eight-man move tried to break clear immediately and was followed by Txurruka for ORICA-GreenEDGE. The attack didn’t hold for long as the peloton caught the escapees for the second time with only a few kilometres remaining.

A sprint was now definitely on the cards with Nizzolo taking the eventual win with Cort seventh for ORICA-GreenEDGE and Albasini crossing the line in 16th place.

ORICA-GreenEDGE are next in action at the Tour de Suisse which runs from 11th – 19th of June.

GP du Canton d’Argovie results:

1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) 04:08:38
2. Andrea Pasqualon (Team-Roth) ST
3. David Tanner (IAM-Cycling) ST
7. Magnus Cort (ORICA-GreenEDGE) ST