Davide Rebellin took 27th place in the Italian one-day race, Giro dell’Emilia.
Giro dell’Emilia is an HC event, which has been won by Davide Rebellin twice (last time in 2014, as a rider of Polkowice-based team). The peloton faced 213-kilometer course in the Emilia-Romagna region, with a long, and tough climb early in the race (the summit was at 90km mark, 900m above the sea level) and 9-kilometer hilly lap in the finale. It was covered five times and finish line was located at top of a short, but demanding climb in San Luca.
„Riders in orange’ didn’t manager to slip into the breakaway of the day. Those who did were Pierre Latour (Ag2r La Mondiale), Alexandre Geniez (FFDJ), Alessandro De Marchi (BMC), Alberto Nardin (Androni – Sidermec), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani – CSF), Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen), Jens Keukeleire (ORICA – BikeExchange) and Thomas Degand (Wanty – Groupe Gobert).
They established over 5 minutes of advantage and tried to maintain strong pace throughout the entire race. First two of the escapees who were unable to keep up were Van Hecke and Rota, who got dropped.
The leading group would shatter even more on the laps around San Luca. Latour and De Marchi stayed up front the longest, and got caught on the last lap, on the final climb leading towards the line.
The chasing group consisted of around 30 riders and among them there was Davide Rebellin. There was also Esteban Chavez (Orica-BikeExchange) who launched an attack which nobody was able to respond to. He claimed the win, edging out Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac).
Davide Rebellin reached the top of the hill in San Luca in 27th place, 52 seconds behind. Only 66 riders completed the race, including Felix Grossschartner and Jan Hirt.