Giro dell'Emilia 2018

October 6, 2018, Bologna, Emilia, Road - 1.HC

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher


Live coverage of the first of the Italian autumn classics.



  1. 14:39:21 CEST

    Hello there. The Italian autumn classics are so underrated, aren't they? 


    Maybe it's the beautiful scenery, maybe it's the style of racing, maybe it's that end-of-season sense of abandon. Maybe it's even the prospect of those barren winter months - with nothing but Jingle Cross to sustain you - that make you appreciate them all the more. Either way, it's good stuff, and it starts here with the Giro del'Emilia. 

  2. 80km remaining from 207.4km

    14:48:17 CEST

    As we pick up the action in the final 80km of racing, we have a breakaway of eight riders with a lead of seven minutes. Those escapees are:


    Alberto Bettiol (BMC)

    Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates),

    Robert Power (Michelton-Scott)

    Scott Davies (Dimension Data)

    Niklas Eg (Trek-Segafredo)

    Umberto Orsini (Bardiani-CSF)

    Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini)

    Viesturs Luksevics (Amore & Vita)


  3. 15:00:11 CEST

    We've done a full preview for these late-season classics, ending with Il Lombardia next Saturday. You can read that here:


    From Giro dell'Emilia to Il Lombardia: The final act of the European road season


  4. 15:09:44 CEST

    Here's the race profile



  5. 15:12:52 CEST

    With just under 50km left to race, we've dealt with the early climbs of Mongardino, Passo Brasimone and Valico Ganzole and we're now heading back into Bologna for the all-important finishing circuit. It's 9.3km long and is centred on the short but steep climb to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca. The riders will do it five times.


  6. 15:20:00 CEST

    Before things really heat up, let's have a look at the potential winners. 


    Giovanni Visconti was the victor last year in a Bahrain-Merida one-two with Vincenzo Nibali. Both are here again, along with Matej Mohoric and Domenico Pozzovivo. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) has been in flying form recently and is one of the big favourites. Sky also have Egan Bernal here. EF-Drapac have Worlds bronze medallist Michael Woods and Rigoberto Uran, while Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Enrico Battaglin, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Mikel Landa (Movistar), and Miguel Angel Lopez all figure. 


    It's a hell of a start list. 



  7. 40km remaining from 207.4km

    15:20:21 CEST

    The gap to the break is down to two minutes.


  8. 15:22:39 CEST

    The breakaway riders hit the San Luca climb and the gradients are punishing. 


  9. 15:23:18 CEST

    Interesting to see Ben Swift in the break. Things haven't worked out for him at UAE so far and he's still searching for a contract for next season.


  10. 15:23:32 CEST

    FDJ are in control of the peloton as they begin the climb. 


  11. 15:28:01 CEST

    The break has split on the climb and the peloton is close at hand. Or what's left of it.


  12. 15:29:45 CEST

    Mohoric has attacked beyond the finish line. The road dips down and then back up again before the descent proper begins. And boy can Mohoric descend.


  13. 15:36:46 CEST

    Mohoric has swept past some of the remnants of the break but only has a handful of seconds over the main field. 


  14. 15:37:35 CEST

    It's just Power, Davies, Orsini, and Bagioli left out front. 


  15. 15:38:33 CEST

    Orsini has lost contact as the climb starts for a second time. 


  16. 29km remaining from 207.4km

    15:39:34 CEST

    Mohoric is caught



  17. 15:42:32 CEST

    A small group has clipped off the front of the main field towards the top of the climb.


  18. 15:43:28 CEST

    Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) has attacked and is making his way over to the three remaining breakaway riders.


  19. 15:44:17 CEST

    Diego Rosa (Team Sky) and a rider from EF were also on the attack. So was Mohoric - again - and he has now dropped them and is also tracking down the break.


  20. 15:44:31 CEST

    De Marchi joins the break, and now Mohoric makes it across too.


  21. 15:45:31 CEST

    Rosa is battling to get across. 


  22. 15:46:37 CEST

    It's Danny Martinez from EF, with Alexandre Geniez from AG2R, and they join Rosa now. 


  23. 15:47:44 CEST

    Alexandr Riabushenko (UAE) has regained contact with that group now.

  24. 23km remaining from 207.4km

    15:49:22 CEST

    So, up front we have:


    De Marchi






    Chasing behind we have:







  25. 15:49:39 CEST

    Mohoric has dropped everyone on the descent and is leading the race.


  26. 15:53:14 CEST

    The peloton is vastly reduced as they come back around for another lap.


  27. 15:53:36 CEST

    As the road kicks back uphill, De Marchi catches Mohoric and passes him. 


  28. 15:55:49 CEST

    Mohoric is weaving on the climb, trying to take the bite out of the gradient. He can descent better than anyone but this race finishes at the top of the climb, so it's hard to see him winning. Bahrain, remember, have decent options behind.


  29. 15:58:22 CEST

    De Marchi crosses the finish line in the lead of the race. He does so with a lead of 27 seconds.


  30. 15:58:35 CEST

    Roglic attacks from the peloton.


  31. 16:01:11 CEST

    Roglic's attack shatters the peloton but riders come across and it calms down once more.


  32. 16:01:46 CEST

    Mattia Cattaneo has attacked for Androni.


  33. 16km remaining from 207.4km

    16:02:10 CEST

    On the secondary incline Geniez has dropped the rest of the chase group and is now alone chasing De Marchi.


  34. 16:02:54 CEST

    The rain is still coming down and the descent is treacherous. There's one nasty hairpin and De Marchi and Geniez in turn both have to slaw to crawling pace.


  35. 16:04:35 CEST

    De Marchi is in a good position but a lot can change on that climb, especially when the big favourites open up.


  36. 16:06:19 CEST

    Mohoric advances once more on the descent. He catches a tentative Geniez who misjudges a corner and has to swing a leg out. 


  37. 11.5km remaining from 207.4km

    16:08:33 CEST

    Trek-Segafredo are leading the chase in the peloton as they come back into town. 


  38. 16:08:51 CEST

    Again, as the road heads uphill Mohoric suffers and is dropped by Geniez. 


  39. 16:09:22 CEST

    The peloton are close at hand and we should see some action on this next ascent.


  40. 10.3km remaining from 207.4km

    16:10:59 CEST

    De Marchi hits the steep section and springs out of the saddle. He's in a low gear and travelling slowly. It's a brute of a section. Geniez hits it now and is almost hauling himself up it.


  41. 16:11:24 CEST

    De Marchi has 28 seconds on Geniez. The peloton are a few seconds further back.


  42. 16:12:33 CEST

    Mohoric is caught by the peloton towards the top of the climb.


  43. 16:14:16 CEST

    De Marchi takes the bell as he crosses the finish line for the penultimate climb. 


  44. 16:14:46 CEST

    Geniez is caught now so the main field is back together - if reduced - in pursuit of the lone leader De Marchi.


  45. 16:15:04 CEST

    De Marchi leads by 44 seconds. This could be tight.

  46. 9km remaining from 207.4km

    16:16:12 CEST

    The road ducks downhill and then kicks up again before the descent, where De Marchi shouldn't lose too much time. The race will be won and lost in the final two kilometres on the fifth ascent of the devilish San Luca climb.


  47. 16:17:56 CEST

    Such are the weather conditions, television coverage has gone down. 


  48. 4km remaining from 207.4km

    16:20:45 CEST

    De Marchi is still upright despite the treacherous conditions. He's giving it everything on the flatter part of this descent. 


  49. 16:21:48 CEST

    There have been some attacks from the bunch. Trek have sent a rider off.


  50. 16:22:19 CEST

    It's Brambilla. Oh, and Mohoric is there with him. Obviously. 


  51. 2.2km remaining from 207.4km

    16:22:53 CEST

    De Marchi comes back into town and begins the climb for the last time!


  52. 16:23:03 CEST

    Puncture for Brambilla. Game over.


  53. 16:23:23 CEST

    Mohoric is alone in pursuit now but on the evidence of the previous climbs he won't be catching De Marchi.


  54. 16:23:36 CEST

    Who's going to hit out from the main field?


  55. 16:23:59 CEST

    De Marchi still has a sizeable lead and it looks like he could be on his way to victory here.


  56. 16:24:11 CEST

    Still no big attacks from the main group.


  57. 1.8km remaining from 207.4km

    16:24:31 CEST

    De Marchi has a lead of 30 seconds.

  58. 16:25:16 CEST

    Bernal is leading the main group now. Nibali, Woods, Pinot and Roglic are all up there but no one is making a big play. 


  59. 16:25:39 CEST

    De Marchi's lead is increasing. He has 36 seconds.


  60. 16:25:58 CEST

    Bernal flicks the elbow but no one comes through. 


  61. 16:26:14 CEST

    Woods attacks!


  62. 16:26:24 CEST

    Nibali follows.


  63. 16:26:41 CEST

    Into the final kilometre and they can see De Marchi now.


  64. 16:26:51 CEST

    Pozzovivo accelerates now.


  65. 16:27:14 CEST

    The gap is dropping but De Marchi is over the hardest part of the climb. 


  66. 16:27:28 CEST

    De Marchi is churning a big gear and is surely tiring now.


  67. 16:27:47 CEST

    Woods goes again but he's marked by a BMC rider and looks over his shoulder.


  68. 16:28:03 CEST

    They're all looking at each other behind.


  69. 16:28:13 CEST

    And now Woods' teammate Uran attacks.


  70. 16:28:31 CEST

    Uran takes off from a group of seven that has formed. No one follows for now.


  71. 16:28:40 CEST

    Pozzovivo now goes after Uran.


  72. 16:28:54 CEST

    But De Marchi is into the home straight and is going to take this.


  73. 16:29:14 CEST

    De Marchi crosses his chest and punches the air as he crosses the line. 


  74. 16:29:26 CEST

    Uran takes second place, 10 seconds down. 


  75. 16:36:31 CEST

    "I had to go it alone," says De Marchi. "It was the only way I could win today, and thankfully it paid off."

  76. 16:41:41 CEST

    No big spectacle among the pre-race favourites, but hats off to De Marchi for a smart and well-executed victory. 


  77. 16:42:24 CEST

    Top 5


    1 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
    2 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
    3 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team
    4 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
    5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ


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