Andrea Montoli finished in the top-20 this Sunday in an edition of the Fubine Trophy in which the last climb, the one that leads to the area around the finishing place with double-digit ramps at some points, was decisive in the victory of Nicolò Arrighetti (Biesse Carrera). Montoli was one of the thirty riders who reached that final climb, a leading group with a large representation of the Contador Foundation.
Andrea himself had been the protagonist a few kilometres earlier when he launched an attack with two laps to go. In his attempt he found some company, but also fierce opposition from the peloton, which would end up swallowing up the attempt.
Previously, in another breakaway, Raúl López and Edoardo Alleva were involved. The race, with them in a breakaway sextet, was stopped due to the transfer of a rider to hospital. Nearly an hour of stoppage under cold conditions and after a generous exposure to rain during the race.
Raúl López: “My attack on one of the climbs ended up leading to a breakaway of six riders and we were travelling fast, but a quarter of an hour or so later they stopped the race because of the transfer of a rider to hospital. We were at a standstill for almost an hour. When I started I was freezing and it was impossible for me to keep going. I had no strength, I was totally frozen”.
Andrea Montoli: “The race was stopped for a long time after a first hour and a half of competition in which we had very heavy rain. With two laps to go I got away with De Pretto, from Zalf, and two riders from Colpack, but our move could not be consolidated. Towards the end we focused on keeping a good position and being as far ahead as possible. I was well placed, but I lacked a point to respond when the accelerations came and in the end I finished nineteenth. We keep working to improve”.
[📷 Thanks to @saragallostampino]