Another podium finish for Stannard with third place at Giro dell’Appennino

Sat 19 Sep 2020

22-year-old Rob Stannard showed his sprinting legs again today, taking his second podium finish of the week, with an impressive third place at Giro dell’Appennino.

The final of a trio of one-day Italian race came down to a reduced bunch sprint in Genova today, with Ethan Hayter (Ineos-Grenadiers) claiming the victory, as the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider came close once again to snatching his first professional win.

Seven settle in
The race began with a fairly flat opening 50km with the peloton barrelling along at a rapid pace with no breakaway combinations able to establish a lead, until after more than one hour of racing. 

Finally, a group of seven riders settled into a rhythm and were given freedom from the peloton to ride out to a maximum advantage of three and a half minutes. 

Climbs cause splits
Over the first two climbs of the day, the breakaway continued to maintain their advantage but by the time the race entered the final 50km, the group was swallowed up and a large new dangerous move went.

Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) attacked away from the group and led solo into the final 20km, hovering around 40seconds ahead until the final catch was made in time for a reduce group sprint won by Hayter.

Rob Stannard – Third place
“From the start we didn’t really know if it would be a sprint finish or just a reduced group. In the end it was a reduced group but still a pretty big group and we had maybe five or six riders still there. We probably had the best numbers out of any team there in the final. 

“We reassessed after the real hard climb and saw where we were at and then decided to ride for me for the sprint.

“I had an amazing lead-out from the team and just didn’t have the legs in the sprint to beat the other two guys which is a bit disappointing but on the other hand I am happy as it is another podium and shows that I have good form for the moment.”

2020 Giro dell’Appennino Results:

  1. Ethan Hayter (Ineos-Grenadiers)
  2. Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates)
  3. Rob Stannard (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

Photos courtesy of Getty