Power in the break before Haig climbs to 13th place in the Giro dell’Emilia

Sat 6 Oct 2018

Australian climber Jack Haig was the highest finisher for Mitchelton-SCOTT today in a wet edition of the Giro dell’Emilia, battling up the San Luca climb and into 13th place.

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) jumped away solo from the reduced main peloton on the final circuits and was able to hold on to claim a solo victory.

Power in the break

Pruba Villafranca Ordiziako winner Rob Power animated the early part of the race getting into the early breakaway of the day along with seven other riders and with the peloton under no threat they allowed the group to ride out to over 10minutes.

San Luca finishing circuits

As the leaders entered the final circuit, ready to climb up San Luca five times, their advantage had plummeted down to under two minutes as the peloton picked up the pace and the rain began to pour.

The breakaway group reduced in size with Power remaining at the head of the race with two others until attacks came from behind and De Marchi bridged across and directly passed up the climb.

After a long day out in the breakaway, Power was finally caught by the reduced bunch with Haig waiting in the wheels. In the end, De Marchi crossed the line for the victory with the fight for second place unfolding behind, and gaps opening up the steep ramps.

Haig crossed the line 30seconds behind in a small group to finish just out side the top 10.

Jack Haig

“It was quite a hard day of racing, Rob did well to make it into the breakaway which helped us a little to make things more relaxing in the peloton. I knew the climb a little bit from previous years, last year I managed to be in the top ten so I knew where I could be and I was hoping again to finishing inside the top ten but 13th I think was still a pretty good result.

“The guys did a good job especially coming into the circuits where it is important to be positioned well the first time going up the climb. Roman Kreuziger, Carlos Verona, Lucas Hamilton and Michael Albasini did a real good job there. 

"I am maybe a little still from the Vuelta and the worlds but today was a good and necessary race before Lombardia next week which is a big goal and another tough race."

Giro dell'Emilia results:

1. Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) 
2. Rigoberto uran (EF-Drapac) 
3. Dylan Teuns (BMC)
13. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 

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