Rosskopf went on the attack again, having spent the day in the breakaway at Gran Piemonte, in an 11-rider move which gained a five-minute advantage over the bunch.
However, the peloton kept the group on a short leash, bringing them back with 70 kilometers to go, at which point the race exploded on the Madonna del Ghisallo.
De Marchi was able to dig deep and continued chasing the select front group to cross the line in 11th place, just under seven minutes behind Fuglsang.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Alessandro De Marchi:
“I am quite happy after today. My legs are good and the shape is okay. Today was a hard race and to be there was important. However, it was disappointing to be 11th in the end. I missed a bit in the legs just on the Sormano and at the top I was around 20 seconds behind the bunch but from there, it was difficult to come back. We managed to catch some of the guys but in the end, it was not enough.”
“Anyway, I would like to focus on the good things and my approach is going well looking ahead to the Italian Championships and the Tour. I am going to try to focus on my recovery and then see what happens next week.”
“Finally, I want to say that the team was really good. The young guys, Małecki, Paluta and Zimmermann did a really good job for us, they showed they are really focused on doing their job for the team, and Joey was strong in the breakaway.”
“I spent a lot of energy to get into the breakaway but like the other days, I felt good. With a group of 11 riders we could have worked well together and built a big advantage but it was one of the least coordinated breakaways I’ve ever been in. Everyone had to fight to get in it and once we were there it seemed like half the guys wanted a free ride and were always messing around with something or going back to the car and skipping pulls. As usual, right after the feed zone the peloton started to speed up ahead of the Madonna del Ghisallo, where it’s always a big fight for position. But I’m feeling good and fit which is a good sign.”
Bergamo > Como (231km)
Top 3: 1. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team), 2. George Bennett (Team Jumbo Visma), 3. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana Pro Team)
CCC Team top 3: 11. Alessandro De Marchi, 20. Simon Geschke, 28. Joey Rosskopf