Davide Rebellin finished in top 15 in the last test before Amstel Gold Race, De Brabantse Pijl. The race was won by Czech, Petr Vakoc (Etixx-Quick Step).
The pace was extremely high throughout the entire race and you can tell that by looking at selection that has been made. When decisive move came 5km from the line, I was little bit too far back to react – Davide Rebellin said after claiming 14th place. – I am very happy with the team’s performance. We were very active and I hope we can be even stronger in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race.
Belgian one-day 1.HC race was held in Flemish Brabant and in Walloon Brabant. For many riders the 205-kilometer long event was a final build-up race for the “Ardennes Triptych”. There were 26 hills on the menu, called “côte” in Belgium. They were going to make a selection in the field.
The breakaway of the day consisted of four men – Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Argon 18), Sergey Nikolaev (Gazprom-RusVelo), Alberto Cecchin (Team Roth) and Oliver Zaugg (IAM Cycling). They stretched out their lead to over 5 minutes, but with so many climbing on the menu it was expected that they won’t survive until the finish.
They got caught relatively early, with still 70 kilometers remaining. From that point the race was on, and the situation up front was changing almost with every pedal stroke. Attacks were being launched every minute and among the attackers was Josef Cerny.
The rest of the “orange squad” was pedaling lively at the head of the pack, neutralizing the breaks and working for the team leader, Davide Rebellin.
Soon after the CCC Sprandi Polkowice-led bunch reeled in the small group, with 6 km to go, the decisive move was made. Petr Vakoc, Julian Alaphilippe (both Etixx-Quick Step), Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty – Groupe Gobert), David Tanner (IAM Cycling) and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) broke clear and created a small gap. Three of those five riders managed to hold off the chasers and fight for the podium.
Vakoc had the most power left in his legs for the last climb and earned an impressive win. Gasparotto came in few seconds behind him and Gallopin took third.
Davide Rebellin finished in 14th place and in total three CCC Sprandi Polkowice representatives made it into the top 30 – Simone Ponzi was 19th and Maciej Paterski 24th.