Rosa battles to second

21 Sep 2019

Rosa battles to second

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Memorial Marco Pantani: Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole - Cesenatico, 199.8km

Diego Rosa put in an attacking performance to finish second at Memorial Marco Pantani after being part of a day-long breakaway as Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) sprinted to victory.

Rosa was part of an early attack of 10 riders which escaped the peloton and quickly gained a large lead of close to seven minutes in the opening 40 kilometres.

The Italian rider was then able to continue to press on when the pace of the group slowed as the laps of the Montevecchio took their toll, and he was joined by Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert) and Mattia Bais (Androni Giocattoli) before Alexis Guerin (Delko Marseille) joined them with 20 kilometres remaining. 

Bais then fell away and the chasing group behind were cutting into the trio's lead, with the gap moving around the 20 - 45 second mark as the kilometres dwindled.

However, it was Lutsenko who finally managed to bridge to the breakaway with two kilometres remaining and he edged out Rosa in the final sprint to the line.
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Memorial Marco Pantani

1. Alexey Lutseno (Astana) 4:50:16
2. Diego Rosa (Team INEOS) s.t.
3. Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert) s.t.
4. Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
5. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) s.t.

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