Top ten for Impey at GP Industria & ArtigianatoSun 4 Mar 2018
South African national road and time trial champion Drayl Impey shook off the effects of yesterday’s Strade Bianche to produce a strong ride at the 41st GP Industria and Artigianto today, sprinting to eighth place from the chasing bunch.
Mitchelton-SCOTT had set their stall out early with a motivated approach to try and defend the 2017 title of Adam Yates. Big Canadian Svein Tuft took up the reins in the peloton before Impey and Yates positioned themselves well amongst a large group of favourites that formed on the final climb.
The attacks flew over the San Baronto climb as the group fractured and reformed over and over again until Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) went clear on the descent developing a lead that he held onto over the flat final three kilometres to the finish in Lamporecchio.
Once the early breakaway had formed it was Tuft who took up control at the head of the peloton, singlehandedly keeping the eight leaders within four minutes for the first 70kilometres.
The breakaway’s advantage started to fall dramatically on the final four circuits that included the San Baronto climb before they were finally swept up with 40kilometres and two laps to go before a trio of riders tried to steal a march on the peloton going into the final 27kilometre circuit.
Mitchelton-SCOTT continued to lead the peloton and set a high tempo in pursuit of the trio as the main field started to reduce dramatically and an elite group formed at the front. Yates suffered an unfortunate mechanical at the foot of the climb and burned vital energy in the chase back on.
The Last Ascent of San Baronto – Mohoric solo’s to victory:
The stray leaders were caught on the last climb with Yates and Impey both present in what was now the front group, Yates started to mix it up with the attacks of other riders and the group whittled down further, but the chase had taken its toll and the Briton was tiring.
Repeated attacks unfurled all the way up the climb, but it was Mohoric who powered away on the descent to create a slight advantage that he held all the way to the line. Impey held on at the front of the chasing bunch to take eighth place.
Daryl Impey – 8th:
“It has been my first weekend back racing in Europe with Strade Bianche yesterday and the climate is very different, that’s for sure! I felt ok today, a little pinned toward the end, but ok.”
“We were trying up until the top of the final climb to get Adam away in a small group, but the pace was high and we were tightly marked. When the groups split further down the slopes I was one of the last guys to chase back on to Adam’s group and as we crested the climb the group had swelled again.”
“I struggled a little in the sprint at the end, we hadn’t caught the two leaders and the bunch kicked quite early, but I am pleased with how it went today. We rode really well as a team and I feel pretty good ahead of Tirreno-Adriatico which starts on Wednesday.”
Head Sport director Matt White:
“The boys controlled the race almost from start to finish and it was a shame that we had to adapt our plan due to Adam suffering a mechanical before the penultimate climb. We had intended to go hard up the climb and split the race as much as possible before driving on, but Adam had to burn a lot of energy getting back in so we adapted.”
“Daryl did well in the final, but it was a case of who dares wins on the descent and the gap just went out enough for Mohoric to hold on. We’ve had a great couple of days of racing and I am happy with how the team rode today, it sets us up nicely for Tirreno-Adriatico next week.”
GP Industria and Artigianato results:
1. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) 04:39:23
2. Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini-Fantini-Europa-Ovini) +0:03
3. Davide Ballerini (Androni-Sidermec) +0:11
8. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
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