In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan McLay wins the Tour de l’Eurometropole; Luis Leon Sanchez solos to victory at the GP Bruno Beghelli; Giovanni Visconti takes solo win at the Giro dell’Emilia; Davide Rebellin wins the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen … at 46; French amateur caught using a motor in Cat 3 race; Esteban Chaves to miss Lombardia defence after breaking shoulderblade; Simon Clarke re-signs with Slipstream Sports through 2020; Teams announced for Tour of Turkey, WorldTour status likely in jeopardy; Team Sky reveals 2016 budget of £31 million.
French amateur’s hidden motor; Chaves to miss Lombardia: Daily News Digest
Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) has taken victory in the GP Bruno Beghelli in Italy, the Spaniard attacking inside the final 5km and riding to the line on his own.
Sanchez had been part of an elite lead group that materialised on the final ascent of the day, roughly 8km from the finish, before the 33-year-old made his move on the descent that followed.
With several fast finishers in the group Sanchez had left behind, many expected the race to be decided in a sprint. But with no one willing to commit to a chase until it was too late, Sanchez held on to finish six seconds clear of a group of 30, a group that was led in by Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida), Elia Viviani (Sky) and Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott).
Several breakaway groups had animated the early stages of the race, but it was all back together with 50km to go. A dangerous group containing Nick Dougall (Dimension Data), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo), Roger Kluge (Orica Scott) and others struck clear with 30km left, but that move was shut down by Sky and Bahrain Merida.
In the end it would be the final climb and Sanchez’s move on the final descent that would decide the race. The win is Sanchez’s first of the season.
SANCHEZ Luis Leon
Astana Pro Team
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team