Simone Ponzi finished the two-stage event, Giro della Toscana – Memorial Alfredo Martini in 13th place overall.
Stage 2 from Montecatini Terme to Pontedera was quite undulating, but with flat finale and it was expected to end with a mass sprint.
The breakaway of the day was formed In the first hour of racing and it included Davide Ballerini (Italia), Zhandos Bizhigitov (Astana), Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF), Miguel Benito Diaz (Caja Rural – RGA), Andrei Solomennikov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Manuel Belletti (Wilier-Southeast) and Nico Brungger (Team Roth). The peloton let them gain 6:30 of advantage before it started the chase.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice did a lot of work on this stage, pacing the field and making sure, that its sprinter, Simone Ponzi gets a chance to fight for the top spots.
Inside the last 40 kilometers Kudus decided to leave the leading group and went off solo. It was a brave move but his gap was not large enough and he was brought back in with 15km to go. Despite numerous attacks late in the stage, the winner was selected in a bunch sprint.
Sam Bennet (Bora-Argon 18) sprinted to victory, beating Marc Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Deniele Bennati (Italy). Thanks to that 3rd place the Italian secured overall victory.
Simone Ponzi finished in 22nd and was the highest ranked CCC Sprandi Polkowice at the line. He completed the two-day race in 13th overall.
Davide Rebellin didn’t start in stage 2 due to yesterday’s crash. It happened in the downhill, when favorites started to attack. He didn’t suffer serious injuries, but team’s DS, Gabriele Missaglia, decided to get him some rest before tomorrow’s Coppa Sabatini – Gran Premio citta di Peccioli, which suits him perfectly (uphill, punchy finale).
Mateusz Taciak and Jakub Kaczmarek were working extremely hard throughout the entire day, setting the pace in the field and that was the reason for them not to finish the stage.