Cantagrillo (Pistoia), March 26, 2022 – Upon arrival in Cantagrillo in the last stage dedicated to Franco Ballerini finished on Coppi & Bartali International Week with the success of the Irish Edward Dunbar. The Czech Josef Cerny, meanwhile, was the last stage starting from Casalguidi and arriving in Cantagrillo. The athlete Quick Step Alpha Vinyl crossed the finish line with his arms raised with his teammate Remi Cavagna: a parade finish after a breakaway that characterized the entire stage, with ten riders attacking at the start. The Irishman Edward Dunbar (Ineos-Grenadiers) is also celebrating at Cantagrillo, who won the final victory in the general classification (he had taken the jersey at the end of the second stage, in Longiano).
Today was also and above all a day dedicated to the memory of Franco Ballerini, who lived in Casalguidi: his wife Sabrina and his children Matteo and Gian Marco also attended the start.
THE CHRONICLE After the start from Casalguidi, which took place at 12.20 p.m., a group of 10 men at the controls formed at km 5: Frederik Wandahl (Bora Hansgrohe), Fabio Van den Bossche (Alpecin-Fenix), David Martin (Eolo- Kometa), Giovanni Carboni (Naz. Italiana), Jacopo Cortese (Mg K Vis Color for Peace), Julius Van der Berg (EF Education), Omer Goldstein (Israel – Premier Tech), Tom Paquot and Johan Meens (Bingoal Pauwels), Josef Cerny and Rémi Cavagna (Quick Step Alpha Vinyl). They soon gain a wide margin of advantage, which lasts long at eight minutes. After a hundred kilometers, from the leading group they stretch into three: Goldstein, Cerny and Cavagna, who, 35 kilometers from the end, touch the margin of 9 minutes on the peloton.
Twenty kilometers from the finish, when the last lap begins, he attacks Cerny, while behind him Van den Berg joins Goldstein and Cavagna, thus forming a trio in pursuit of the rider from the Czech Republic, although obviously his comrade Cavagna remains passive following the other two. Then Van den Berg gives in again, while ten kilometers from the finish Cerny counts about thirty seconds on the two behind him. When there are less than five, Cavagna removes Goldstein (long virtual leader of the general), Cerny then slows down on the last kilometer and waits for his teammate, just to parade on the finish line in Cantagrillo. Cerny cuts him first, a rider born in 1993 who also won a stage in the Giro d’Italia 2020 in his career. Third place for Goldstein, then the veterans of the breakaway up to eighth position. The group, with the leader Dunbar, reaches 4’23”, and it is Tesfazion who will take the ninth position. The winner of the mountain grand prix classification (SIDI jersey) was Andrea Garosio (Biesse-Carrera), while the points classification (Selle SMP jersey) was the prerogative of Ethan Hayter (Ineos-Grenadiers). The best youngster (Felsineo jersey) is Ben Tulett (Ineos-Grenadiers), who won the third stage, the one with the finish in San Marino.
Tonight at 10:30 p.m., RaiSport will broadcast a detailed summary of the stage.
ORDER OF ARRIVAL:
1st Josef Cerny (Quick Step Alpha Vinyl)
2nd Remi Cavagna (Quick Step Alpha Vinyl)
3rd Omer Goldstein (Israel Premier Tech) at 14″
4th Julius Van Den Berg (EF Education EasyPost) at 46″
5th Frederik Wandahl (Bora Hansgrohe) at 3’03”
6th Fabio Van Den Bossche (Alpecin Fenix)
7th Tom Paquot (Bingoal)
8th Giovanni Carboni (Italy) at 3’05”
9th Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper Androni) at 4’23”
10th Diego Ulissi (United Arab Emirates team)
FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:
1st Eddie Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers)
2nd Ben Tulett (Ineos Grenadiers) at 9″
3rd Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) at 24″
4th Simon Carr (EF Education EasyPost) at 30″
5th Antonio Tiberi (Trek Segafredo) at 45″
6th Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) at 48″
7th Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) at 1’23”
8th Gianluca Brambilla (Trek Segafredo) at 1’25”
9th Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper Androni) at 1’38”
10° Nicola Conci (Italy)
11th Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at 1’59”