Jan Tratnik finished 11th on the final day of Italian Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. Both the last stage and the GC was claimed by Lilian Calmejane.
Info: 26th of March, Fiorano modenese – Sassuolo, 160km
Course: undulating, in the beginning two 29-kilometer long laps with a climb to Montebabbio, in the end four 23-kilometer long laps with a climb to Valico di Fazzano
The race was held according to an unusual scenario, as there was no traditional breakaway. The peloton would break apart and come back together and the attacks were being launched from everywhere.
Among the attackers were Jan Tratnik and Nikolay Mihaylov, who both made the decisive cut and entered the final 25km of racing in the main, 40-man group. At that point they were 30 seconds behind the leading trio with Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data), Danilo Celano (Amore & Vita – Selle SMP) and Iuri Filosi (Nippo – Fantini).
The escapees were brought back in at the bottom of the final climb of the day. The pace was high going up the hill and near the top (10km from the finish) 10 riders still had enough power in the legs to push it through the summit with a lot of verve.
“Riders in orange” was unable to stay with the strongest, neither as GC leader, Toms Skujins (Cannondale-Drapac).
Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) was present among those 10 attackers and after the descent and a sprint on cobbled road, he could celebrate not only winning the stage but also the general classification. Thanks to seconds gained on Skujins, he moved up to 1st overall and Cannondale-Drapac had to settle for 2nd.
Jan Tratnik was the fastest from the second group, which arrived 22 seconds behind the winner, finishing in 11th place. He ended the race in 35th place overall.
The “orange squad” brings home from Italy stage victory in team time trial (stage 1b) and 2nd place taken by Alan Banaszek in stage 3.