Davide Rebellin made the top 10 in Coppa Sabatini, which ended with an uphill sprint from a large group.
The race kicked off with Gianfranco Zilioli (Androni – Sidermec), Arthur Van Overberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) and Maxime Cam (Bretagne – Seche) forming a breakaway of the day. The former two were the first one to attack and the latter bridged across later.
They established almost 7-minute advantage, but the peloton led by Nippo – Vini Fantini and Team Colombia was making sure that the gap is never too big. With 60 kilometers to go it was down to 4 minutes and 15 later it was less than 2 minutes. The breakaway was brought back in with 25 kilometers remaining.
The pace set by Bardiani-CSF and MTN-Qhubeka enabled riders from other teams to go clear late in the race and reduced the number of riders in the bunch to only 40 riders. In the final 10 kilometers few other teams, including CCC Sprandi Polkowice, moved up front, creating space for their leaders.
Teams with fast riders, who can sprint uphill, succeeded in bringing the race to a sprint from a large group. After crossing the line, it was Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, who could celebrate the most, since Eduard Prades claimed the victory. He outsprinted Maurits Lammertink (Team Roompot Oranje Peloton) and Mauro Finetto (Southeast).
Davide Rebellin came in strong, in 10th place. He confirmed good form ahead of next two races, which should suit him better – Giro dell’Emilia and Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli.