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2016 Giro dell'Emilia (HC) Results

99th edition: Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Saturday, September 24: Bologna - San Luca, Italy. 213 km

Esteban Cahves

Esteban Chaves wins 2016 Giro dell'Emilia

The Race: Here's the story from winner Esteban Chaves' Orica-BikeExchange team:

Two-time Grand Tour podium finisher Esteban Chaves backed up his recent Vuelta a Espana performance to claim the victory in one-day Italian race Giro dell’Emilia today.

Chaves waited patiently before making a well-timed attack in the final moments of the 213km race to steal the victory at the top of the tough two kilometre San Luca climb.

ORICA-BikeExchange animated much of the day with Vuelta a España stage winner Jens Keukeleire represented in the main breakaway of eight riders, as the rest of the team waited attentively in the peloton protecting Chaves ahead of the final laps.

The Colombian displayed his calm, classy style by powering ahead of the leaders in the final metres to take the victory for the team in his first race back since his podium finish at the Tour of Spain.

“It was a really good day for the team,” explained Chaves after the win. “I know the climb because I did this race four years ago so I know that everyone usually attacks early in the final. I stayed calm and just followed Fabio Aru because his team Astana were working a lot. In the last 500metres when everyone was without fire I tried.

“It is good that I had the legs to win as the team today was unbelievable. We had Keukeleire in the break and then Jack Haig, Damien Howson and Amets Txurruka put me in good position before the final circuit so it was really good.”

Along with Chaves, sport director Dave McPartland was overjoyed with the victory and praised the whole team for their efforts and commitment through the race. “Everyone did their job well,” said McPartland. “With Keukeleire in the break we didn’t have to ride at all in the wind and could just look after the key guys and it all went to plan for us today.”

“We remained calm all race and we knew Chaves needed to go in final few hundred metres and that's exactly what he did. It takes a lot of experience to do that, you have to be super calm and patient and he did that perfectly today.”

How it happened: As the first race of a series of one-day Italian events, the Giro dell’Emilia opened up with a predominantly flat first 50kilometres.

ORICA-BikeExchange were quickly in and amongst the action as attacks came in an attempt to form an early breakaway. Vuelta a España stage winner Keukeleire rode himself in to the successful move of eight riders, given some freedom by the peloton enabling them to ride out to a four minute 30second advantage.

As the leaders made their way up the longest climb of the day the Passo Brasimone the time gap decreased slightly to just over three minutes.

The kilometres ticked down and the escapees approached the 9.3kilometres finishing circuit ready for five ascents of the 2.1kilometre climb San Luca which averaged out at a steep 10% gradient.

With just 30kilometres to go three of the initial breakaway riders broke clear again and led the race but with a fierce chase from the peloton the lead dropped to just two minutes. The remaining peloton began to deteriorate due to a rapid pace and the trio were all eventually reeled in as they began the closing lap.

With the front group finally all back together, again three riders immediately attacked at the base of the climb with Chaves waiting patiently behind before the Colombian launched a brave late attack to over take and steal the victory.

Tomorrow the team are back in action in GP Bruno Beghelli with a similar team line up searching for a consecutive victory.

Complete Results:

2016 Giro dell'Emilia photos

213 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.565 km/hr

1 CHAVES Esteban ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE 5hr 7min 28sec
2 BARDET Romain AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 3sec
3 URAN Rigoberto CANNONDALE-DRAPAC st
4 ARU Fabio ASTANA PRO TEAM st
5 BAKELANTS Jan AG2R LA MONDIALE a 10"
6 TORRES Rodolfo ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI st
7 HIVERT Jonathan FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT a 11"
8 ULISSI Diego LAMPRE - MERIDA a 14"
9 VILLELLA Davide CANNONDALE-DRAPAC st
10 ANTON Igor TEAM DIMENSION DATA st
11 LOPEZ  Armentia CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA a 17"
12 LATOUR Pierre-Roger AG2R LA MONDIALE st
13 REICHENBACH Sébastien FDJ st
14 MEURISSE Xandro WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT st
15 SCHLECK Frank TREK SEGAFREDO a 20"
16 PELLIZOTTI Franco ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI a 23"
17 MOLARD Rudy COFIDIS st
18 TALIANI Alessio ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI st
19 WOODS Michael CANNONDALE-DRAPAC st
20 HERMANS Ben BMC RACING TEAM st
21 BONGIORNO Francesco BARDIANI CSF a 30"
22 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R LA MONDIALE a 41"
23 PARDILLA Sergio CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA a 47"
24 MARTÍNEZ Daniel WILIER TRIESTINA-SOUTHEAST st
25 ATAPUMA Darwin BMC RACING TEAM st
26 HARDY Romain COFIDIS a 52"
27 REBELLIN Davide CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE st
28 CHEREL Mikael AG2R LA MONDIALE a 1' 50"
29 VISCONTI Giovanni MOVISTAR TEAM st
30 MATE Luis Angel COFIDIS a 2' 03"
31 LIETAER Eliot TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN a 2' 04"
32 FINETTO Mauro UNIEURO WILIER a 2' 08"
33 GESBERT Elie FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT a 2' 09"
34 BUSATO Matteo WILIER TRIESTINA-SOUTHEAST a 2' 17"
35 GODOY Yonder WILIER TRIESTINA-SOUTHEAST a 2' 24"
36 BENEDETTI Cesare BORA -  ARGON 18 st
37 SCARPONI Michele ASTANA PRO TEAM a 2' 33"
38 VILELA Ricardo CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA st
39 GILBERT Philippe BMC RACING TEAM a 2' 36"
40 DE MARCHI Alessandro BMC RACING TEAM a 2' 53"
41 ELISSONDE Kenny FDJ a 3' 10"
42 VELASCO Simone BARDIANI CSF st
43 ROSA Diego ASTANA PRO TEAM a 3' 48"
44 GROSSCHARTNER Felix CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE st
45 LASTRA Jonathan CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA a 4' 30"
46 PETILLI Simone LAMPRE - MERIDA a 4' 48"
47 CARAPAZ Richard MOVISTAR TEAM a 4' 53"
48 ZARDINI Edoardo BARDIANI CSF a 5' 05"
49 FIRSANOV Sergey GASPROM RUSVELO a 5' 12"
50 CARUSO Damiano BMC RACING TEAM st
51 TXURRUKA Amets ORICA-BIKEEXCHANGE a 6' 30"
52 JEANNESSON Arnold COFIDIS st
53 CUNEGO Damiano NIPPO-VINI FANTINI a 6' 33"
54 EIKING Odd Christian FDJ st
55 RAVASI Edward LAMPRE-MERIDA st
56 ZEITS Andrey ASTANA PRO TEAM st
57 DUPONT Hubert AG2R LA MONDIALE st
58 TECCHIO Marco UNIEURO WILIER st
59 DEGAND Thomas WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT st
60 MARTIN Guillaume WANTY-GROUPE GOBERT st
61 HIRT Jan CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE st
62 ZILIOLI Gianfranco NIPPO-VINI FANTINI st
63 SEPULVEDA Eduardo FORTUNEO-VITAL CONCEPT a 6' 50"
64 BARBIN Enrico BARDIANI CSF a 7' 00"
65 NARDIN Alberto ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI st
66 VAN HECKE Preben TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN st

2016 Giro dell'Emilia course map

2016 Giro Emilia map

2016 Giro dell'Emilia map

2016 Giro dell'Emilia photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Lampre-Merida

Lampre-Merida is presented as part of the starting ceremonies

Race start

It is time to start racing

Bologna

Climbing in Bologna

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert

Daniel Moreno

Daniel Moreno

Diego Rosa

Diego Rosa

Chris Sorensen

Chris Sorensen

Esteban Chaves

Esteban Chaves gets a beautiful solo win

Esteban Cahves

Another shot of Chaves winning

Esteban Chaves

Looks like Chaves won a lovely Faience plate

2016 Emilia podium

The podium, from left: Romain Bardet (2nd), Esteban Chaves and Rigoberto Uran (3rd).