Awaiting the riders today at GP Beghelli was an 80 kilometre race; made up of a circuit that started and finished in the town of Monteveglio. The parcours was undulating with the main focal point of the circuit being the one and a half kilometre long climb at Zappolino, which averaged just over five percent. Once over the crest of the climb, it would be a fast nine kilometre run-in to the line, with bunch sprints deciding the day on the previous four editions of the race.
From the flag drop it was an aggressive start to the day with numerous attacks in the bunch. The team were well represented at the head of the race, with Franziska Koch riding strongly to make the early break of five. They managed to gain an advantage of 20 seconds over the peloton but were soon reeled back in before Koch again went on the attack, this time dragging one other rider clear. However, the bunch was soon hot on their wheels and they were caught and back within the peloton. The attacking racing took a hiatus after one solo rider escaped and the sprint teams took control at the front of the bunch, looking to set things up for the finale.
Before the last passage of the climb everything was back together and the tempo increased. Floortje Mackaij and Juliette Labous set a really fierce pace on the ascent before Liane Lippert delivered a stinging attack, going clear with two other riders. However, they were only able to gain an advantage of around ten seconds and with the chase group behind swelling on the descent, the front of the race was back together as they headed towards the finish in Monteveglio. Julia Soek did a good job to position Susanne Andersen near the head of the bunch coming into the sprint, with the young Norwegian delivering a good turn of speed to take fourth place on the day.
|2||WIEBES Lorena||Parkhotel Valkenburg||,,||85|
|3||CONSONNI Chiara||Valcar Cylance Cycling||,,||70|