Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) has Thursday’s Gran Piemonte (cat. 1.BC) won. After 191,1 kilometers of Racconici to Stupinigi was the 28-year-old Italian the fastest of a large group. The Frenchman Florian Sénéchal of Quick Step Floors was second, the Italian rider Davide Ballerini third. Jens Keukeleire was with a twelfth place best Belgian.
No indian summer for the riders in starting Racconici, but pouring rain during the 102nd edition of the Giro del Piemonte, one of the many semiklassiekers in the autumn in Italy. Four riders withdrew after five minutes of adventure. That had Joey Rosskopf, Matteo Sobrero, Filippo Ganna and Mikkel Frolich Honoré. Up reason they three-minute lead at elkaarop a peloton, which Astana, Bahrain, Merida and Bardiani-CSF in control names. Lotto Soudal tried halfway through the race, not long after the supply, a coup. With five they pulled it off. Tim Wellens, Jens Keukeleire, Thomas De Gendt, Tiesj Benoot and Maxime Monfort were two other riders, Cyrus Monk and Nikita Stalnov. Their attack turned to nothing, after a few kilometres, which closed the pack again.
Matti Breschel and Marco Marcato then withdrew in the attack, which later were Davide Ballerini and Andriy Grivko. The quartet took about thirty seconds, but when Grivko and Ballerini weggleden in the rain, there came an end to the flight. Marcato was held up, Breschel had only to continue and would be at 50 kilometers from the finish, however once again joined by Grivko. The Dane had the walk, the rider from the Ukraine had only continued and was 13 kilometers from the finish, caught by what remained of the peloton.
James Shaw tried 1.6 kilometers from the finish the sprint is yet to be outrun, but saved it. Bardiani-CSF and Bahrain-Merida closed the gap on leader Colbrelli made it to Bahrain. He put the sprint and held, good for his fourth victory of the season. On the hall of fame, he follows his compatriot Giacomo Nizzolo.
Quick Step Floors had today two times to be satisfied with second place: Richeze in Turkey and Sénéchal so in Italy: it is so have to wait until the 71st recordzege.