Here is one of the beautiful images we will take home from this ill-fated Adriatica Ionica Race, which began with the desire to replicate the victory of a year ago with Fortunato and foundered in the first stage with the crash that put Lorenzo out of the running. The image of Alessandro Fancellu, rediscovered and finally back in front to fight, in the breakaway.
Yes, because he was one of the protagonists of today’s stage, with the three-man breakaway that was then taken back by the peloton with 20 km to go before the last climbs made selection thinning the top group (victory for Carboni, in blue jersey: ninth Fortunato and tenth Fancellu).
“Today was a good stage,” Fance said, “tough, but we tried. The idea was to try to attack as soon as we entered the circuit and so we did and stayed in front in three until the last climb. We tried, it didn’t go unfortunately but really there will be no shortage of other opportunities.”
Adriatica Ionica Race & Sprint Cycling