Filippo Fiorelli hits double in Sibiu Cycling Tour
Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 6:15 PM
Filippo Fiorelli has won the first in-line ride of the Sibiu Cycling Tour. The Italian of Bardiani-CSF-Faizane was the fastest in the sprint of a thinned peloton. Fiorelli also takes over the leader’s jersey from Tim van Dijke.
The Sibiu Cycling Tour started on Saturday with a prologue victory for Tim van Dijke. The Dutchman from Jumbo-Visma was therefore allowed to start the first stage in the leader’s jersey, which went over 207 kilometers from Brezoi to Sibiu. There were several climbs along the way, namely those to Curmătura Vidruţei (13.7 km at 5.5%), Țârțârău (6.1 km at 5.5%), Jina (5.1 km at 9%) and Apoldu de Sus ( 4.8 km at 4.8%). However, the top of that last slope was more than 35 kilometers from the finish.
Unicorn takes bonus seconds
There was also an intermediate sprint in the opening phase, where Pascal Eenkhoorn was the first to get through. The Dutch champion thus took three bonus seconds, which puts him virtually on the same level as Tim van Dijke, his teammate at Jumbo-Visma. The same Jumbo-Visma went to check when a leading group of five drove away. Dominik Neumann (Elkov-Kasper), Szymon Tracz (EF Education-NIPPO Development Team), Lukas Meiler (Voralberg), Nicolas Sessler (Global 6 Cycling) and Manuel Bosch (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang). The latter had to pass the Curmătura Vidruţei, leaving us with four leaders. They defended a lead of about five minutes.
During the long descent of the Țârțârău, which was wet from the heavy showers, breaks appeared in the pack. In the end – still behind the front runners – two large groups formed. Jonas Rapp (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang) and Carl Frederik Hagen (Israel-Premier Tech) were the main names that missed the mark. At the front there was also a victim: Meiler crashed into the asphalt. However, the German was able to resign and rejoin his three fellow refugees.
At the foot of the climb to Jina, the two sections of the pack reunited, but it soon exploded on the flanks of the slope. Several sprinters had to release the roll. Among others, Rüdiger Selig (Lotto Soudal) and Taj Jones (Israel-Premier Tech) lost the connection. At the top, the escapees still had a lead of more than a minute and a half.
In the descent, Selig and Jones were able to return. Because nothing happened on the last climb and Jumbo-Visma accelerated in the peloton, the last two escapees were caught about twenty kilometers from the finish. That was Neumann and Meiler. Once they were caught, we were ready for a bunch sprint.
Spectacle in the final
However, two riders from Elkov-Kasper thought otherwise. On a short slope, six kilometers before the end, the duo pushed on. In the end it was an unsuccessful attempt, but it did cause unrest in the peloton. Several riders tried to get away, while in the back of the group riders had to unload. Even defending champion Giovanni Aleotti attacked.
However, at 500 meters from the finish everything was back together and we still got a sprint. Filippo Fiorelli showed himself the fastest. He defeated his compatriots Nicolas Dalla valle (Giotti Victoria-Savini Due) and Andrea Piccolo (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli).