Nikolay Mihaylov and Davide Rebellin were among the most aggressive riders in Volta Limburg Classic. The former was in the breakaway of the day and the latter pulled away in the second part of the race.
After a high-speed beginning and around 30 kilometers of racing, an 8-man group was formed and it included Nikolay Mihaylov. He went away alongside the Polish TT champion, Marcin Białobłocki and Gert-Jan Bosman (Cyclingteam Jo Piels), Jesper Hamelink (Metec – TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantel), Thomas Wertz (Wallonie – Bruxelles), Mitchell Cornelisse (Rabobank Development Team), Bram Nolten (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT) and Koos Jeroen Kers (Baby-Dump Cyclingteam).
They stretched their lead to 6 minutes, but eventually got caught with 60km remaining. Soon after, Davide Rebellin made a solo move. He gained few seconds of advantage, but later was joined by a group of around 20 riders.
He was far from sitting up, as he accelerated one more time. This time only Dylan Teuns and Loic Vliegen (both BMC Racing) followed him and later Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie), Maurits Lammertink (Roompot – Oranje Peloton) and Nicola Boem (Bardiani – CSF) bridged across.
They managed to create a 45-second gap, but it wasn’t enough to outpace the bunch. The leading six got reeled in with 19km to go.
After that, the pace picked up and the strongest men of the day were launching their rockets. The field shattered and the one, who had the most power in his legs for the finale was Floris Gerts (BMC Racing Team). He claimed the win, beating Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF). Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) finished third.
Davide Rebellin came in 28th place, 15 seconds back.