|The best aware you can get in Italy...a polite golf clap from an older Italian gentleman|
Going through the undulating Colli Asolani, the race blew up as attacks sent racers scattering for wheels just to try and hold on. Giacomo Berlato (Zalf) was the one that sparked the big split that saw 25 riders go off the front of the main peloton. From that group, a quartet including Tilegen Maidos (Astana CT), Simone Andreetta (Zalf-Euromobil), Felix Grossschartner (Gourmetfein-Simplon) and Power broke away and just rode away from the chasers. On the larger circuits, the quartet pulled out a big enough gap to where they had more or less assured one of them could win.
On what was quite a warm day, Robert Power decided to put the broiler on high and attacked the other three on the difficult Mostaccin climb. The group had a 2 minute gap on the peloton but Power wanted to put a stamp of authority on this performance. Flying away with 35 kilometers to go, Power was solo for the remainder of the race, in full TT mode. The chasing trio was eventually swept up by the remnants of the peloton but they were way too late to make any dent into the young Australian.
|Look at that gun...|
Behind, it was Andrea Toniatti (Zalf-Euromobil) who led the pack in ahead of Luca Chirico (MG.Kvis-Trevigiani) and then Simone Andreetta and Gianni Moscon (both Zalf-Euromobil). For the 2nd time in 4 days, Zalf stacked the top 5 with three riders and couldn't come away with a win. Ruh roh, looks like DSes Rui, Faresin and Bertolini will need to figure out a formula to beat the wily Australian.
- Robert Power (Australia)
- Andrea Toniatti (Zalf-Euromobil) +1'25"
- Luca Chirico (MG.Kvis-Trevigiani)
- Simone Andreetta (Zalf-Euromobil)
- Gianni Moscon (Zalf-Euromobil)
- Tilegen Maidos (Astana CT)
- Jack Haig (Australia)
- Luka Pibernik (Radenska)
- Giulio Ciccone (Colpack)
- Paolo Bianchin (Delio Gallina)