Final race of Italian pre-Worlds tournée
José Joaquín fights for victory at Pescara’s sprint after joining decisive 35-man move, supported by Pedrero and Dayer; Colombian suffers spectacular crash with 15km remaining, with no serious consequences.
A big size breakaway -35 riders, a number similar to another initial move starting into the first of 13 laps and including Nairo Quintana– dominated the scene at the 2018 Trofeo Matteotti, where Davide Ballerini (ANS) took back-to-back victories only 24 hours after grabbing success in the Memorial Marco Pantani.
Aún no nos podemos explicar cómo, tras esta caída sufrida a menos de 20 km del final en el #TrofeoMatteotti, @dayerquintana solo tiene algunos arañazos. Tremendo susto el que nos ha dado el joven colombiano, que por fortuna, no implica graves consecuencias. (🎥 PMG Sport) pic.twitter.com/febX83W3Tj
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) September 23, 2018
Having set ‘Cóndor’ together with brother Dayer, Antonio Pedrero and Jorge Arcas into that first split, the Movistar Team still had three members into the only group able to finish the race (the bunch being eliminated by the race jury with 100km to go): Pedrero himself, Dayer Quintana and José Joaquín Rojas. The latter two fought into the last two laps to chase down a dangerous six-man attack, led by Sébastien Reichenbach (GFC); into that pursuit, Dayer suffered a spectacular crash down a ravine into a decent, with only some bruises as a result and no major injuries.
In the end, just over a dozen riders were together for the decisive sprint, Rojas taking 6th as top Movistar Team finisher in the whole Italian pre-Worlds tournée. The Blues will be back in Italy next month for the Giro dell’Emilia (Saturday 6th October) and the GP Beghelli (domingo 7), the next races as a group for the Eusebio Unzué-led outfit.
- 01 Davide Ballerini Androni Giocattoli 4h42'47"
- 02 Giovanni Visconti Bahrain-Merida "
- 03 Marco Tizza Nippo-Vini Fantini "
- 06 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team "
- — Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team DNF
- — Dayer Quintana Movistar Team DNF
- — Mikel Landa Movistar Team DNF
- — Nairo Quintana Movistar Team DNF
- — Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team DNF
- — Jorge Arcas Movistar Team DNF