Giro dell'Emilia 2017

September 30, 2017, Bologna, Emilia, Road - 1.HC

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
susan westemeyer

 Autumn in Italy! The Giro dell'Emilia is one of a series of one-day races leading up to the grand finale in Lombardia.

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Chaves ready for Giro dell'Emilia defence

  1. 15:00:17 CEST

    The Autumn season has started and we are right there! Today the cycling world takes on the Giro dell'Emilia.
  2. 15:04:54 CEST

    The 223km Giro dell'Emilia starts in Bologna and finishes with the challenging finishing loop in San Luca.
  3. 15:08:08 CEST

    After 142 km, we have a group of eight riders with a lead of 2:50.
  4. 15:10:20 CEST

    Those eight riders are: Davide Ballerini (Androni Sidermec), Redi Halilaj (Amore e Vita Selle SMP), Francois Bidard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis Solutions Credits), Fabien Doubey (Wanty - Groupe Gobert), Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia), Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani - Csf) and Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini).
  5. 15:15:33 CEST

     There is also a Giro dell'Emilia Donne, which was held earlier today. It was won by Tatiana Guderzo (Naz Italiana) ahead of Rossella Ratto (Cylance) and Rasa Leleiyvite (Aromitalia Vaiano).

  6. 15:33:02 CEST

    Elsewere in cycling, Mathieu van der Poel says he is aiming to ride the MTB race in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and only after that will he concentrate on road racing. 


  7. 15:37:05 CEST

    Officials have changed the results of the women's race with second and third swapping places. We now have Rasa Leleiyvite  second and  Rossella Ratto third.

  8. 15:42:54 CEST

    We have a number of top teams and top riders here today. Esteban Chaves of Orica-Scott is here to defend his title, but will face such talents as Vincenzo Nibali (Bahran-Merida), Thibaut Pinot (FdJ), and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale).


  9. 15:46:17 CEST

    Dimension Data's Adrien Niyonshuti had been in the break group earlier, but was dropped.

  10. 15:47:57 CEST

    With 40 km to go, the gap has dropped to just over two minutes.


  11. 15:53:38 CEST

    The race today ends with four laps of a closing circuit course. Each lap includes the San Luca climb, 2.1km long with an average gradient of 9.6% -- and a max of 18%! The race also ends atop this steep climb.


  12. 15:54:14 CEST

    The climbing starts, the lead group shatters and the gap is down to a minute.


  13. 15:56:33 CEST

    Edet leads a group of three over the finish line for the first time.


  14. 15:59:47 CEST

    The three leaders are Edet, Mosca and Doubey. Ballerini is struggling to catch up.

    Two riders have jumped from the field.


  15. 16:00:53 CEST

    More and more riders take off from the chasing peloton. The first two have now caught Ballerini.


  16. 16:04:36 CEST

    G. Martin, Cherel and Ballerini are now the first chase group, behind Edet, Mosca and Dobey, with 31 km to go. Sorry, we aren't getting any time gaps.


  17. 16:06:09 CEST

    Visconti has joined the three chasers.


  18. 16:07:30 CEST

    UP they all go again, and how very difficult this is!


  19. 16:08:56 CEST

    Ballerini has been dropped from the chase group, and the remaining three are 45 seconds back.


  20. 16:10:06 CEST

    They have been passed by Bongiorni but the peloton is only a few meters back.


  21. 16:12:58 CEST

    The climb flattens out at the top, and Edet once again flies over the finish line as first.


  22. 16:14:07 CEST

    They are now being chased by Zardini and Bongiorno.


  23. 16:16:15 CEST

    The two chasers are rapidly nearing the three leaders.


  24. 16:18:32 CEST

    They have not yet caught up, and the three up front fly down the descent.


  25. 16:19:13 CEST

    We now hear the leading trio has 1 seconds on the chasers, with the field at 29 seconds.


  26. 16:21:44 CEST

    21 km to go. The 2 chasers have the lead riders in sight, but just can't catch up.


  27. 16:22:52 CEST

    So of course they have now caught up, and Doubey immediately drops back. Mosca jumps as they head up the San Luca yet again. 


  28. 16:24:12 CEST

    Luke Rowe (Sky) managed to break more than 20 bones in one leg and foot this summer. He is working hard to heal up and make his comeback to cycling -. probably next summer. 


  29. 16:25:10 CEST

    It ws too much for the previous three leaders, and now Zanini and Bongiorno have 10 seconds on the pack.


  30. 16:26:22 CEST

    Bahrain Merida is leading the chase, with Sky right behind them.


  31. 16:27:15 CEST

    With 19.3 km to go the Bahrain Merida train catches and passes the two leaders.


  32. 16:28:46 CEST

    They have hit the top. Only two more laps to go!


  33. 16:31:17 CEST

    Four Bahrain Merida riders continue to dominate the head of the race. Chaves is in there, too. Fabio Aru is also here, but as we have come to expect from him, he is not near the front.


  34. 16:31:42 CEST

    16.4 km and Visconti attacks from the field!


  35. 16:32:47 CEST

    He has quickly built up a tidy gap.


  36. 16:35:41 CEST

    Visconti flies along here, and the other teams at 13 seconds back realize they really ought to give chase.


  37. 16:37:07 CEST

    Visconti heads up the climb for the penultimate time, 11.5km to go.


  38. 16:37:44 CEST

    FdJ, riding for Pinot, now leading the chase.


  39. 16:40:03 CEST

    Visconti has increased his gap to 24 seconds with 10.6km to go.


  40. 16:41:02 CEST

    It would probably be incorrect to say the peloton is chasing Visconti. The group has become significantly smaller.


  41. 16:43:08 CEST

    Visconti crosses the finish line and kicks off the bell lap!


  42. 16:44:35 CEST

    Now comes the question: Will Bahrain Merida allow Visconti to go for the win, or are they planning an attack and join-up by Nibali?


  43. 16:45:46 CEST

    Visconti has taken 25 seconds with him on this final lap.


  44. 16:46:28 CEST

    The chasing field looks to be 20-30 men strong.


  45. 16:47:32 CEST

    Daniel Martinez tries to jump from the group, but Bahrain's Pelizotti is right there to bring him back.


  46. 16:49:08 CEST

    A nasty crash sees three riders go down.


  47. 16:50:27 CEST

    Chaves was leading the pack when he slid out, flew across the road and into the grassy hillside. Two others couldn't avoid him, but they were able to continue. It did not appear that Chaves got up.


  48. 16:51:17 CEST

    That certainly slowed thing down for the moment, and Visconti's gap is up to 32 seconds.


  49. 16:52:28 CEST

    Visconti of course has no idea of what happened behind him and heads up the San Luca climb for the last tie. With 34 seconds, he has excellent chances of winning.


  50. 16:53:19 CEST

    A Cannondale rider attacks on the final climb but can't get away.


  51. 16:53:54 CEST

    1.6km for Visconti and 28 seconds!


  52. 16:55:35 CEST

    Sky tries desperately to to catch the Italian. He is now in the final km.


  53. 16:56:14 CEST

    The Sky rider is Moscon, and NIbali is with him.


  54. 16:56:38 CEST

    .7 km and the gap is down to 15 seconds.


  55. 16:57:13 CEST

    Uran, Roche, Moscon and Nibali have formed a chase group.


  56. 16:58:32 CEST

    They won't make it. Visconti has plenty of time to shake his head in disbelief, zip up his jersey and raise his arms in celebration as he takes the win.


  57. 16:59:24 CEST

    A double victory for Bahrain Merida, as Nibali crosses the finish line as second. Uran was third.


  58. 17:01:21 CEST

    We are keeping an ear out for news on Chaves and hope it wasn't as bad as it looked.


  59. 17:03:32 CEST

    "Thi is a dream come true," the winner says. "This is the best win of my whole pro career."


  60. 17:08:29 CEST

    It seems unlikely Bahrain Merida sent Visconti up the road to take the win, but kudos to them for seeing how the race situation changed and then riding for him. His teammates, including Nibali, kept things calm behind him and choked off chase attempts.


  61. 17:09:07 CEST

    The final time gaps were 11 seconds for Nibali and 14 seconds for Uran.


  62. 17:11:39 CEST

    Orica Scott says that Chaves is "ok" and on his way to hospital for x-rays.


  63. 17:16:33 CEST

    Read all about it here, in our race analysis and report. 


  64. 17:23:53 CEST

    Results#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult 1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida5:31:22  2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:11  3Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:14  4Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:00:17  5Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:00:22  6Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:25  7Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates   8Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ   9Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott0:00:31  10Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
  65. 17:24:17 CEST

    let's see if we can't do something with that format....


  66. 17:27:13 CEST

    1 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 05:31:22

    2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 00:00:11

    3 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 00:00:14

    4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team 00:00:17

    5 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky 00:00:22

    6 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 00:00:25

    7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:25

    8 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 00:00:25

    9 Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott 00:00:31

    10 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 00:00:31

  67. 17:33:32 CEST

    That's it for the Giro dell'Emilia! Thanks for reading along.


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