Race report

Henri Vandenabeele 4th in Nevegal after brilliant team effort

Giro Ciclistico d'Italia

The penultimate day of racing at the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia saw the peloton take on another challenging day in the saddle, with 167 kilometres from Cavalese to Nevegal to contend with. Rolling out of the neutralised zone the riders were faced with a short descent before they hit the first climb of the day, with the road heading upwards for an action packed 25 kilometres of racing. As a result, a fierce pace was set at the front of the peloton with lots of early attacks. Despite a few small promising moves, the front of the race was all together as they took on the long descent, with riders in several groups behind.

Riding excellently as a group, the team kept a steady tempo at the front of the peloton as those from behind steadily returned. The attacks continued as the kilometres ticked by but no one was able to establish a lead at the front of the race and things were all together as the bunch headed towards the first passage of the finish climb. The intensity in the peloton remained high and the bunch thinned down even further over the top of the ascent, with a group of around 20 riders together as the race charged towards the final ascent. Gianmarco Garofoli rode at a strong tempo at the front of the group for the team, reeling in several failed attacks, looking to set up Henri Vandenabeele for the finale. On the more gradual slopes towards the line it became a tactical affair with a lone rider launching a perfectly timed attack to take the win. Vandenabeele dug as deep as he could, taking a great fourth place which sees him remain in third place on GC for the team with one stage to go.

“We tried to put a hard pace over the first climb,” explained Vandenabeele at the finish. “That worked out for us and the guys rode really well and there were only about 30 riders left. After that we controlled the race because we wanted to go for the stage win. In the end I just wasn’t able to finish it off and came fourth. I really would liked to have won for the team today because what they have already done a couple of times at this race is really amazing and I can’t thank them enough for it.”

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts added: “Again the guys did a really good job today. From the beginning there was a 23 kilometre climb and in combination with Colpack we set a really strong tempo there. Over the top there were only around 30 guys left in the peloton and we still had four guys in there. We then controlled the whole race until the last climb, with the goal of sprinting with Henri for the stage win. We just missed out with Henri finishing a good fourth place and we can be really proud of the high level the whole team has showed not only today but during the whole race, with commitment and great team work from everyone.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 VOISARD Yannis Swiss Racing Academy 4:15:44 7
2 AYUSO Juan Team Colpack Ballan 0:02 3
3 JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland Uno-X Dare Development Team ,, 1