Davide Rebellin defended his 3rd place overall in the last stage of Czech Cycling Tour, which he took after yesterday’s “queen stage”.
The final stage of the race kicked off in Olomouc and finished in Dolany, with nine, 9-kilometer laps around that town. There were some hills on the course, but they were not going to play a significant role in the competition.
The breakaway of the day went clear early and included Martijn Verschoor (Novo Nordisk), Sjoerd Kouwenhoeven (Metec – TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantel), Wietse Bosmans (Beobank – Corendon), Michael Kukrle (Whirlpool Author) and Paweł Cieślik (Verva ActiveJet) and Jon Bozicov (Adria Mobil) who joined a little bit later.
They were given a 6-minute of advantage, before the peleton picked up the pace. The escape got reeled in with 22km remaining.
On the final laps CCC Sprandi Polkowice tried to shake things up in the group, set high pace and wanted to break the field apart for Davide Rebellin. The terrain was not hard enough to create bigger gaps though and it all came back together.
The last stage was wrapped with a bunch sprint finish, which was won by Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxells). He defeated Wouter Wippert (Cannondale-Drapac) and Ivan Garcia Kortina (Klein Constantia) . Felix Grosschartner was the fastest „rider in orange”, taking 12th place at the line, while Davide Rebellin came in 19th securing 3rd place overall.
Diego Ulissi claimed GC victory and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac) finished the 4-day competition in 2nd.
I’m very happy about this podium spot. We showcased great team performance throughout the entire race. We did very well in the opening team time trial, which helped us move up in the GC early in the race and we were in good position to attack. My form is good and I hope to deliver some great results in this upcoming second part of the season – Davide Rebellin explained.