Grossschartner 28th in Memorial Marco Pantani

Felix Grossschartner took 28th place in Memorial Marco Pantani, which saw a 4-man breakaway survive in the front until the finish line.

Info: 16th of September, Cesenatico – Cesenatico, 189,9km

Course: undulating

How it unfolded

The day’s main breakaway consisted of just two riders, who went clear 43km after the start. Sebastian Schonberger (Tirol) and Marco Zamparella (Amore&Vita – Selle SMP presented by FONDRIEST) opened up 4:30 lead.

On the last climb of the race, Montevecchio, which was in total covered three times, Zamparella dropped his fellow escapee and at the top was joined by Mattia Cattenao, Egan Bernal (both Androni – Sidermec – Bottecchia) and Diego Ulissi (Italy), who pulled away from the pack. At that point, 60km from the finish, they had 50s of advantage over the reduced peloton, but later on they stretched it out to 1:45.

The quarter was able to hold on on the finishing circuits in Cesenatico (4 lapsx5,3km) and Marco Zamparella claimed a surprising win, besting Ulissi and Bernal in a sprint. Felix Grossschartner finished in reduced to 60 riders bunch, taking 28th place.

It was not a lucky race for Simone Ponzi, who was showing good form lately (was 5th in Coppa Agostoni). Italian crashed, breaking his collarbone. More detailed examination will determine how long he will have to stay off his bike for.