Davide Rebellin took advantage of his experience and good form and was exactly where he was supposed to be at Memorial Marco Pantani (1.1). He attacked at the right moment, got into the decisive break and eventually finished in 8th place.
The race commemorated one of the best climbers in sport’s history and was carried out on the roads around Cesenatico. There were almost 190 kilometers on the menu and the riders faced around 4-kilometer ascent to Montevecchio on three occasions (at 57, 93 and 128km). The final 40km were mostly flat, so it was important to attack early to get rid of sprinters.
It wasn’t a calm opening of the competition as with 20km into the race a big crash split the field. Later the pack merged and two riders managed to break clear – Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF) and Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec). They established over 2-minute lead, but the bunch was not too eager to let them go far. They got caught relatively soon and not long after another break was formed. It included one of the favorites, Davide Rebellin. CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider was part of a 7-man escape. That action happened with around 100km to go and peloton reacted quickly bringing the attackers back in.
Italian pulled away once again, 50km later, and was joined by another 20 riders. They established over one minute of advantage and as it later turned out that was the decisive move. The leading group managed to hold on and survive until the finish. Rebellin was in position to repeat his success from 2011, when he took 2nd place in the Memorial.
At the end of the day we was able to claim 8th place, while Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) earned the win in a sprint. He bested Matteo Tossato (Wilier – Southeast) and Paolo Toto (Norda-MG.Kvis Vega).