Maciej Paterski showcased that his form is on a rise ahead of Il Lombardia and world championships, by finishing Giro del Piemonte in a drastically whittled down bunch.
The profile of Giro del Piemonte didn’t look as scary as Milano-Torino’s held day before, but the course was still hard enough to make a selection. There were two climbs on the menu – the first one at the beginning and the second with 20km to go. The road was also rising in the very finale, at 4,2%.
The race had an unusual opening as many favorites decided to launch their attacks early. On the first climb, just after the start, large, 38-man group went clear. It included some of the biggest names in the pro-peloton, such as Michał Kwiatkowski, Philippe Gilbert, Diego Rosa, Francesco Gavazzi, Matteo Trentin, Rui Costa, Vasil Kiriyenka, Ben Swift or Daniele Bennati. Also Maciej Paterski was up there, making sure that CCC Sprandi Polkowice is represented in the front and his teammates don’t have to waste energy on chasing.
The peloton was not too eager to let such a strong group go too far, as the maximum gap never went over 2 minutes. The escape was caught quite early, after about 120 kilometers of racing.
After some regroup in the field, Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) pulled away solo, gaining more than 4 minutes on the pack. It was a very brave move and nearly successful one. He was caught with just 2 kilometers remaining, by a bunch, which got shattered in the finale to only about 30 riders. Maciej Paterski again was with the strongest and managed to finish in 16th place.
Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) not only was able to stay in the first group, but also had enough power in his legs to claim the win. In an uphill, quite technical sprint he bested Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Quick Step) and Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff).