Davide Rebellin finished stage 1 of Sibiu Cycling Tour in the peloton and will approach tomorrow’s climbing battle with no time loses.
First non-time trial stage of Sibiu Tour (after the prologue) was 195 kilometers long and had undulating profile. There were some categorized climbs on the menu, but they were not hard enough to cause some great changes in the general classification. On paper it looked like a favorable terrain for escapees, but since the GC was still very open a bunch sprint was much more possible scenario.
Four riders managed to find their way to the break: Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy Team), Emil Dam (Team Soigneur – Copenhagen Pro Cycling), Luis Mora (d’Amico – Bottecchia) and Daniel Crista (Tusnad Cycling Team). They worked hard up front, stretching out their lead to 8 minutes with 60km to go.
Their chances of going all the way were not that slim, although they still had two climbs ahead. When the road started to ramp up the leaders started attacking each other and Turek was the strongest in that little game. Meanwhile the pace in the peloton picked up vigorously, also thanks to solid work done by CCC Sprandi Polkowice at the head of the pack.
At the top of the final climb, 23 km from the finish, Turek had still 2:35 of advantage. It was a lot, but not enough to defeat the peloton. Czech got caught with just 3 kilometers to go and it was all decided in a mass sprint.
Steele Van Hoff (One Pro Cycling) took the win edging out Davide Vigano (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) and Filippo Fortin (GM Europa Ovini). Nikolay Mihaylov was the team’s top finisher, taking 33rd place, while Davide Rebellin who is eyeing an overall win came in in the bunch, with the same time as the winner.
Tomorrow is the first mountainous stage, with 15-kilometer climb to Paltinis in the end.