Giro di Romagna: Jose Mendes’ 23rd place.

The Italian from the team of Farnese Vini, Oscar Gatto, became the winner of the classic cycle race Giro di Romagna et Coppa Placci of category1.1. Jose Mendes (CCC Polsat Polkowice), finished in the 23rd place. Jacek Morajko became the best ‘climber’ of the race.

During the competition at the classic cycle race Giro di Romagna, whose route led from Imola to Lugo, the cyclists had a distance of 200 kilometres to ride. The route of the classic was much rolling, with five climbs and a very difficult, almost 10 kilometres long, uphill stretch to Monte Trebbio.

In the uphill stretches situated along the route of the race there were numerous attacks in the peloton and attempts to break away. In the 60th kilometre of the route a group of 20 cyclists rode away from the peloton and they quickly gained advantage over the peloton. Since none from the ‘orange’ team found himself in the break-away the decision was made to eliminate it. The whole team of CCC Polsat Polkowice got to the head of the peloton and started the chase after the escapees. Very fast pace of the ride was imposed and the breakaway was quickly eliminated. When the peloton was already riding together an attempt to counter-attack was initiated by Jacek Morajko. The Ukrainian cyclist from the team of Caja Rural, Oleg Chuzhda joined him and they started riding away from the peloton. The much tired peloton did not start the chase after the two cyclists, who quickly gained an advantage that at one time was maximally about 6 minutes. Riding subsequent kilometres the twosome settled the climbs among themselves. Right before starting the uphill stretch to Monte Trebbio the peloton accelerated a lot and the advantage of the escaping twosome decreased significantly, and it became clear that further escaping was impossible. Jacek Morajko reached the climb on Monte Trebbio in the second place and he won further points, which allowed him to become the winner of the mountains classification of that classic cycle race.

In the downhill stretch, when the torn peloton united into one big group, another attack took place. As a result a group of 40 cyclists rode away. In that group there was, among others, a CCC Polsat Polkowice rider, the Portuguese cyclist, Jose Mendes.

At the finish in Lugo, out of the escaping group of 40, which managed to reach the finishing line, the best one to finish was Oscar Gatto. The Italian defeated his compatriots Simone Ponzi (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Enrico Battaglin (Colnago CSF-Inox). Jose Mendes finished in the 23rd place.

The much tired Jacek Morajko, who for almost 80 kilometres of the route of the race was riding in breakaway groups, crossed the finishing line in the 60th place, 3.5 minutes after the winner. The other CCC Polsat Polkowice riders paid a high price for the effort put in eliminating the breakaway, and they did not complete the competition.


The results of the race:

1. Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli 4:46:10
2. Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
3. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox

23. Jose Mendes
60 Jacek Morajko 3:50