Jan Bakelants wins Gran Piemonte

Late attack seals wins for Belgian

Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) took his first victory of the season on Friday in the Gran Piemonte as he pulled off a late coup to deprive the sprinters.

The final remnants of the day's breakaway, out since the early kilometres, were caught with 7km to go and while most teams started to think about the sprint, Bakelants caught them off guard. On the gentle descent to the line the 29-year-old managed to open up a gap and hold it, with Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) taking second and third from the bunch.

The Gran Piemonte was back on the calendar after a two-year absence, celebrating its 99th edition and returning to the so-called trittico di autunno, in which it is bookended by yesterday's Milano-Torino and Sunday's Il Lombardia.

The race is less hilly than the other late-season Italian one-day races and was always likely to be a less selective affair, even if a number of riders did climb off their bikes in the cold and wet conditions.

The peloton did split in two on the first of two proper climbs – the Alice Superiore with 70km to go – but was back together by the second – the Prascorsano with 40km to go. By that point the breakaway, which never built a substantial lead of more than 2:30, was being inexorably reeled in. Despite some late flurries of defiance it came back together late on, whereupon Bakelants struck out for glory.

How it unfolded

The break of the day was formed early on and comprised: Roman Campistrous (AG2R), Serghei Tvetcov (Androni-Sidermec), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Gianluca Brambilla, Michal Golas (Etixx-Quick Step), Lawrance Warbasse (IAM), Chun Kai Feng (Lampre-Merida), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Alan Marangoni (Cannondale-Garmin), Timo Roosen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky), Fabio Felline and Marco Coledan (Trek Factory).

They were never given free rein by the bunch and their lead fluctutated either side of the two-minute mark for much of the race. Back in the bunch Movistar were setting a fierce pace on the run-up to the Alice Superiore climb and once on the climb they split the bunch.

Over the top of the climb the break split, leaving Campistrous, Tvetcov, Brambilla, Warbasse, Geoghegan Hart, and Felline, with Marangoni, Golas, Roosen and Benedetti getting back on on the descent.

The peloton regrouped with 50km to go and under Movistar's pacemaking the gap to the leaders fell to below a minute on the Prascorsano climb. When Golas crashed with 30km to go there was disruption in the break and many fell away.

Felline, Roosen and Brambilla refused to give up and did a good job of holding off the Lampre-Merida-led bunch all the way to 7km. That's where the catch was made but barely a kilometre later Bakelants was up the road and wouldn't be seen again.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale4:17:53 
2Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:04 
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
4Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
8Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
9Andrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
10Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
11Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
12Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:09 
14Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
15Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
16Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
17Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
18Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
19Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
20Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
21Simone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
22Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
23Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
24Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:12 
25Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky  
26Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
27Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
28Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
29Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:00:16 
30Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
31Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:18 
32Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:21 
33Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:22 
34Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:33 
35Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida0:00:34 
36Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
37Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
38Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
39Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
40Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli0:01:12 
41Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:02:11 
42Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:35 
43Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:03:37 
44Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
45Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
46Romain Campistrous (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
48Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia  
49Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
50Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
51Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
52Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
53Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
54Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
55Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling0:03:42 
56Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:04:44 
57Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:39 
58Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
59Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:08:04 
60Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
61Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
62Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
63Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia  
64Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
65Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre-Merida  
66Szymon Rekita (Pol) Trek Factory Racing  
67Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
68Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
69Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia  
70Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
71José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
72Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFFrancesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMarco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFTiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMichele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDiego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFrancesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFNicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFEmanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFPatrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFLukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFCristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFSebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
DNFCarlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) Colombia  
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
DNFMichal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFClement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
DNFThomas Degand (Bel) IAM Cycling  
DNFJonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFPirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFSébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFLawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling  
DNFGang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida  
DNFGiovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFJosé Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJavier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFJasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
DNFDaniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFSongezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFLouis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFDidier Alonso Chaparro Lopez (Col) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFSamuele Conti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFCristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling  
DNFJoseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFRyan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNFAlberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
DNFAngel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha  
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFWilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFGeorge Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFSteven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFNicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFDavid Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFVasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
DNFTao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFPeter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
DNFFelix Grossschartner (Aut) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFJesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFJesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFPawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFChris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFBauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing  

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