Davide Rebellin claimed third place in the hardest stage of Czech Cycling Tour and moved up to top 3 of the general classification.
7 categorized climbs were on the menu of 187-kilometer “queen stage”. The first ascent saw multiple attacks and CCC Sprandi Polkowice was one of the most active teams at the head of the field. Avery move made by “riders in orange” was being quickly neutralize by the bunch though.
Eventually a 7-man break went away, with Tomáš Bucháček (Whirlpool Author), Philipp Walsleben (Beobank – Corendon), Bram Nolten (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT), Peter Kusztor (Amplatz – BMC), Sjoerd Kouvenhowen (Metec – TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantel), Ludwig De Winter (Wallonie – Bruxelles), and Jordi Simon (Verva ActiveJet). Later they were joined by Frantisek Sisr (Klein Constantia) and Georg Zimmermann (Team Felbermayr – Simplon Wels), making it a 9-man escape.
As the terrain was getting more and more demanding, the break was getting shattered. The last riders to get caught were Zimermann, Buchacek and Simon. The peloton also broke in pieces in the climbs, but CCC Sprandi Polkowice was well represented in the main bunch.
After the leading trio got reeled in, Davide Rebellin pulled away, alongside Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), Karel Hnik (Verva ActiveJet) and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac). In the stage’s finale Ulissi made a solo move, created a gap and didn’t look behind. He reached the finish with almost 30-second gap and took over the GC lead.
Rebellin finished in 3rd place, as he was bested by Hnik in a 3-man sprint. The 45-year old Italian moved up to 3rd overall before the final stage.