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Giro dell'Emilia 2018


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

80km remaining from 207km

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

Here's the race profile

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.

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

40km remaining from 207km

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

29km remaining from 207km

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

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

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.

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

Rosa is battling to get across. 

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

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

23km remaining from 207km

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

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

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

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.

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

Roglic attacks from the peloton.

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

Mattia Cattaneo has attacked for Androni.

16km remaining from 207km

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.

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

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

11km remaining from 207km

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

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

10km remaining from 207km

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

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

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

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

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

9km remaining from 207km

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

4km remaining from 207km

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

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

2km remaining from 207km

Puncture for Brambilla. Game over.

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

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

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

Still no big attacks from the main group.

1km remaining from 207km

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

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

Bernal flicks the elbow but no one comes through. 

Woods attacks!

Nibali follows.

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

Pozzovivo accelerates now.

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

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

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

They're all looking at each other behind.

And now Woods' teammate Uran attacks.

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

Pozzovivo now goes after Uran.

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

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

Uran takes second place, 10 seconds down. 

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

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

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