Giovanni Aleotti (Bora-Hansgrohe) rode away with the Sibiu Tour title, after 4 days of exciting racing around Sibiu, Romania. Team Qhubeka NextHash had Fabio Aru finish in 2nd place overall.
The UCI 2.1 Sibiu Tour got underway on Saturday with a short 2.5km prologue, which was won by German sprinter Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe).
The following two road stages were both mountain summit finishes, and Team Qhubeka NextHash were looking to Fabio Aru on both days. The Italian climber showed he was arguably the strongest rider in the race, attacking multiple times on both days but while the climbs in Romania were long, they were not all that steep and so it was difficult to make a gap.
Aru sprinted to 2nd place on the 2nd stage behind Aleotti and the 3rd stage, he finished in 3rd place in another small group sprint on top of the mountain. This saw Aru go into the final day 2nd on GC, but now with duties to look after Reinardt Janse van Rensburg for the final sprint.
Ackermann took out the final stage while Janse van Rensburg finished 7th in the uphill cobbled sprint. There was a crash in the final 500m and Aru lost some seconds to Michal Schlegel (Elkov Kasper) but after the necessary adjustments, Aleotti topped the overall podium with Aru in 2nd and Schlegel in 3rd place.
We certainly came to this race with hopes of standing on the top step of the podium at some point and we came really close every day. Fabio was really impressive, he fought for it every day and the team really stepped up to help him. We can be proud of how we worked together, with a great Ubuntu spirit.Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director