Because of the weather conditions and 2-km-long climb San Luca in Bologna, passed for 5 times, the race became a tough challenge for the riders.
Astana Team tried to do an active race as Miguel Angel Lopez made a few attacks on the final circuit, while Jakob Fuglsang, Davide Villella and Sergei Chernetskii were always staying in front.
In the end of the day, the decisive move came from the Italian Alessandro De Marchi, who took a solo win. Fuglsang was in the chasing group, fighting for the podium places, but finished 11th, 21 seconds behind the race winner.
- It was a very hard race. The team was strong, we always were in front, but in the final I just missed a bit to stay with the guys, who were riding for second and third places. Yeah, it was our first race in Italy, more races are still to come and I am looking forward to the upcoming week, - said Jakob Fuglsang.
Also, Davide Villella, Sergei Chernetskii and Miguel Angel Lopez finished close to the leaders, taking 12th, 15th and 19th positions, respectively.
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