Jan Bakelants wins Gran Piemonte

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.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale4:17:53
2Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:04
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 2 - Cell 2
4Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - QhubekaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Andrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 11 - Cell 2
13Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:09
14Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 13 - Cell 2
15Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 14 - Cell 2
16Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18Row 15 - Cell 2
17Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) ColombiaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Simone Ponzi (Ita) Southeast Pro CyclingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 21 - Cell 2
23Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 22 - Cell 2
24Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:12
25Alex Peters (GBr) Team SkyRow 24 - Cell 2
26Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:00:16
30Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 29 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 37 - Cell 2
39Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) ColombiaRow 38 - Cell 2
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-JumboRow 43 - Cell 2
45Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 44 - Cell 2
46Romain Campistrous (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) ColombiaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 48 - Cell 2
50Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 49 - Cell 2
51Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 50 - Cell 2
52Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 53 - Cell 2
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 - QhubekaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:08:04
60Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 59 - Cell 2
61Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 60 - Cell 2
62Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 61 - Cell 2
63Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) ColombiaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre-MeridaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Szymon Rekita (Pol) Trek Factory RacingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alex Cano Ardila (Col) ColombiaRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 69 - Cell 2
71José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18Row 70 - Cell 2
72Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Benfatto (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFTiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFMichele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFMikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFDiego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFNicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFEmanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 87 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFLukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFCristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFSebastián Molano (Col) ColombiaRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFCarlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) ColombiaRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) ColombiaRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFMichal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFClement Chevrier (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Degand (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFPirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFLawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFGang Xu (Chn) Lampre-MeridaRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFGiovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFJosé Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFJavier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFJasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFNatnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFSongezo Jim (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFLouis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFDidier Alonso Chaparro Lopez (Col) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFGenki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFSamuele Conti (Ita) Southeast Pro CyclingRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFCristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Southeast Pro CyclingRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast Pro CyclingRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Southeast Pro CyclingRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team KatushaRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team KatushaRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFAngel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team KatushaRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFIlnur Zakarin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFWilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFGeorge Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFVasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFIan Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFTao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFLeopold Konig (Cze) Team SkyRow 139 - Cell 2