Albasini sprints to fourth place for ORICA-SCOTT at GP Bruno Beghelli

Sun 1 Oct 2017

Tour of Romandie stage winner Michael Albasini sprinted to fourth place today in the second one-day Italian race of the weekend, GP Bruno Beghelli.

A group of 13riders broke away with just 10kilometres to go and included ORICA-SCOTT rider Albasini. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) attacked away from the leading group inside the final five kilometres and held on for the victory.

ORICA-SCOTT raced well tactically, with Dane Chris Juul-Jensen active all day at the front of the race, following counter attacks and finding himself with three other riders in the closing stages which set up Albasini’s move.

In the end, Sanchez’s held off the bunch by just six seconds to take the win and despite not taking the victory today, sport director Dave McPartland was pleased with the whole team’s showing.

“Of course it would have been nice to finish on the podium but the way the team rode was really good,” McPartland said. “We didn’t have one of the fastest guys there today so we didn’t have all the responsibility and that meant we had a lot of guys to use coming into the final part of the race.”

“The move from Chris was perfect to try and make the group a bit more selective and then that allowed Alba to have a go on the final climb.

“Coming into to the final it was one of those situations with the sprinters all looking at each other, Sanchez read that really well and made the perfect move, so hats off to him.”

How it happened:

The riders lined up in Monteveglio ready for a lumpy 196kilometre day. With the opening 67kilometers of the race pan flat, the peloton where happy to let a breakaway establish and open up a sizeable lead.

Four riders quickly rode out to a maximum advantage of seven minutes as the peloton rode steady behind with Team Sky leading the chase.

Eventually with 60kilometres to go, the leaders were caught and multiple counter attacks came. Juul-Jensen jumped into a move with six others but they were unable to get away and further attacks continued to come out of the reducing peloton.

With 30kilometres to go, Juul-Jensen went again with two other riders and the trio were soon caught by 10 chasers which included teammate Roger Kluge with two laps remaining.

The dangerous group hovered 20seconds ahead of the peloton but on the penultimate ascent of the climb, the group of 13 fragment as Juul-Jensen remained at the front of the race with three others, creating the perfect situation for ORICA-SCOTT by forcing other sprinter’s teams to chase.

Once the race came back together again, more fireworks came on the last climb of the day as Albasini created a split with 13riders going clear.

Just before the line, the front group was caught by the remaining peloton and Albasini held his position at the front to sprint into fourth place.

GP Bruno Beghelli results:

1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) 4:27
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) +0:06
3. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) ST
4. Michael Albasini (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

Photo courtesy of TDWsport