Gilbert Sprints to Sixth Place at Giro del Piemonte29. September 2016, Aglie (ITA) — Road Team
Philippe Gilbert crossed the line in sixth place in a reduced bunch sprint at the Giro del Piemonte which was won by Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo).
Gilbert was part of a 38-rider move in the early stages of the 207km race but the peloton reeled the group back at the halfway mark
From there multiple attacks played out but the only was to stick was a solo move from Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) who gained a four-minute advantage.
As the race neared the 10km to go mark Rossetto still held a small advantage over the peloton, and managed to stay away until the final kilometer.
After the race came back together, Nizzolo outsprinted Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-QuickStep) and Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff) who rounded out the podium.
It was Gilbert’s second top ten placing this week in Italy after also finishing in sixth place at Tre Valli Varesine.
Quotes from the Race Car with Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“The first 10km of the race was uphill, really hard, and it was there that a group of 38 riders went full gas, including Philippe Gilbert. For the next 100km the peloton was chasing this group until they closed the gap so the first two hours of the race were very fast. Then one rider went alone after that and the race was very controlled. There was a climb with 25km to go and Damiano Caruso made a good pace to reduce the group to around 35 riders, including Damiano and Philippe.
It came down to a sprint but there were a lot of pure sprinters there. Damiano positioned Philippe well but when you have these guys like Nizzolo and Gaviria there it is hard to beat them in a sprint finish like that as it wasn’t really hard. Sixth place for Philippe is a good result when you see the names in the top five.”
Giro del Piemonte (1.HC)
Diano d’Alba > Aglie (207km)
Top 3: 1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), 2. Gaviria (Etixx-QuickStep), 3. Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff).