Giro della Toscana (finale) / Eneco Tour (st. 3)
Giovanni Visconti finishes 7th in Pontededra, takes 3rd overall in Giro della Toscana after tough day of work for Movistar Team. Sütterlin remains 4th in Eneco Tour GC
The Movistar Team finished the Giro della Toscana on Wednesday into a much-contested podium finish on the final GC. The 185km stage two, between Montecatini and Pontedera -which included some brief spells of rain and an insidious final circuit, where Richard Carapaz went on the attack-, did not avoid a bunch sprint happening, where Sam Bennett (BOA) prevailed. As no time gaps were taken yesterday between Giovanni Visconti, winner of stage one, and rivals Daniele Bennati (TNK) and Sonny Colbrelli (BAR), 'Visco' was chasing the GC as a fight of stage positions.
As Bennati took 3rd and Colbrelli came home in 4th -both ahead of the Movistar Team, 7th today-, the double tie of times and positions between the other two Italians favoured 'Benna', Movistar Team rider in 2017, as he finished ahead on the final stage. Visconti, in turn, took 3rd as he continues on a final run of tailormade courses for him, his next goal being Thursday's Coppa Sabatini (195km, uphill finish) in Peccioli.
The Eneco Tour didn't lack emotions, either, as the finish of stage three in Ardooie -184km entirely on Belgian roads today, from the start in Blankenberge- was close to seeing a five-man early breakaway -led by Elmiger (IAM)- succeed, caught at the very finishing straight as Peter Sagan (TNK) won to reach 2nd overall. Jasha Sütterlin stays in 4th place (+14") before the first hills and cobbled sections are tackled on Thursday on the way to Sint Pieters-Leeuw (199km). The Alsemberg and the Bruine Put -two passages each- will decide tomorrow's result, located just 19 and 13km from the end, respectively.