Awaiting the riders today was a tough, undulating 197km parcours from Saronno to Varese, with the numerous short, sharp climbs offering little respite for the riders. The race was animated early by a breakaway of six riders, while all of Team Sunweb were well represented in the main peloton.
The relentlessly rolling roads eventually took their toll and with 37 kilometres to go the one remaining escapee was reeled in by the fast approaching peloton. As the attacks started to fly a select group of 15 riders formed, with Wilco Kelderman right at the fore of the action. The group built up an advantage of 30 seconds but unfortunately took a wrong turn and fell behind the peloton, leaving solo leader, Sanchez, out ahead.
Robert Power was well represented in the main peloton where the big attacks were starting, leading to Sanchez being caught as the race approached the final kilometres. It was then Roglic who launched the race winning move with 500 meters to go, the reduced bunch sprinting home three seconds behind, with Robert finishing in 21st place, a strong result for the young Australian.
Speaking at the finish Wilco was justifiably disappointed: “I didn’t really have the punch but was good enough to attack on the second last lap. We had a good group of 14 riders but the camera motorbike sent us the wrong way, so our race was over. I was disappointed because my legs were good enough for a nice result here”.
There was also mixed emotions at the finish for Robert who said: “It was a hard day, but we were racing around the roads I trained on as an U23 which was really cool. I gave it my all but I didn’t quite have the legs in the final”.
|1||ROGLIČ Primož||Team Jumbo-Visma||4:40:46||200|
|2||VISCONTI Giovanni||Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM||0:03||150|
|3||SKUJIŅŠ Toms||Trek - Segafredo||,,||125|
|21||POWER Robert||Team Sunweb||,,||5|
|39||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||2:40||3|
|40||HAMILTON Chris||Team Sunweb||,,||3|
|41||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|62||KELDERMAN Wilco||Team Sunweb||7:32||-|
|DNF||SALMON Martin||Team Sunweb||-||-|
|DNF||FRÖHLINGER Johannes||Team Sunweb||,,||-|