Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman took 6th place from the late break at Tre Valli Varesine, after an attack on the last lap took a select group to the line.
Michael Storer represented the team in the day’s five man move at the front of the race, with the group going clear in the opening 40 kilometres to build an eight minute advantage over the peloton. After a counter attack reached the front of the race, Michael was distanced from the group on the Montello with 50 kilometres to go. With the gap at 11 seconds to the group up the road, the attacks from the peloton resumed with Wilco Kelderman trying multiple times for Team Sunweb.
Three riders managed to go clear and Wilco joined a five rider move in the chase, with the group opening up a 20 second lead over the peloton, where Team Sunweb also had Sam Oomen positioned. Despite various attacks, the late break stayed clear together to contest the victory with Wilco finishing the day in 6th place.
Wilco said: “As a team we wanted to always be at the front of the race so we tried to be in every break. The guys brought Sam and me into perfect position for the final laps and I jumped into the break that made it to the finish. I had some cramps in the final so couldn’t sprint properly anymore but today is a good start to this block of Italian races.”
Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen said: “Today was a hard race with Michael Storer in the break for the day. In the final Wilco did a great job and was sprinting for the victory and he finished 6th after strong race. Sam being in the second group also shows good level. The team gave it their all today and the result shows that we are ready for upcoming days.”