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Il Lombardia: Rebellin in top 30

Davide Rebellin was the team’s top finisher in the last UCI WorldTour of the season, Il Lombardia. The Italian monument was won by Vincenzo Nibali. 

Orange colors were visible in the first part of the race, when Stefan Schumacher made the day’s main breakaway. He pulled away alongside 10 other riders – Enrico Barbin, Pier Paolo De Negri, Dennis Van Winden, Simon Geschke, Jan Polanc, Marco Canola, Matteo Busato, Oscar Gatto and Cesare Benedetti. They established 8:30 advantage, but it was relatively quickly reduced.

When the leaders began to climb Madonna del Ghisallo, 75 kilometers from the line, the gap was down to 4 minutes, and Tom Jelte Slagter, Michał Kwiatkowski, Carlos Verona, Tim Wellens, Ion Izaguirre, Robert Gesink and Jerome Coppel attacked uphill, from the bunch.

The escape with Schumacher was spliting apart and only Benedetti and Canola were left in the front. On the next climb, Muro di Sormano, with 25-27% slopes, Kwiatkowski took over the race lead and was later joined by Tim Wellens. For the next 30 kilometers the duo was maintaining around 30-second advantage over a 24-man, Astana-led group, with no CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders. Kwiatkowski and Wellens were caught with 20 kilometers to go, by a smaller group, which contained Vincenzo Nibali, Diego Rosa, Mikel Nieve, Alejandro Valverde, Daniel Moreno, Thibaut Pinot and Esteban Chaves.

After few accelerations, from few different riders, finally Nibali was able to create a gap. He went off with 15 kilometers remaining and never looked back. He took advantage of a technical and fast descends and hold off the chasers. In the finale Moreno was trying to bridge the gap by himself, but eventually he had to settle for 2nd. Pinot, who also crossed the line solo, finished in 3rd.

Davide Rebellin was the team’s top finisher and claimed 30th place, arriving over 6 minutes behind the winner.