Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) won the the Giro dell Emilia with a strong solo effort over the closing kilometers. Rigoberto Uran (EF-Education First) finished in 2nd place and Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) rounded out the race podium.
For Team Dimension Data, the Giro dell Emilia was a day where Scott Davies put in a stand-out performance. The young Welshman formed part of the race’s early breakaway, joining 7 other riders in a move that gained just over 10-minutes on the peloton at one point.
Davies rode well in the break and looked one of the strongest, which was proven after he suffered a nasty crash on the slippery and wet roads in Bologna, but was still able to chase back to the front group. Davies, slightly shaken from the fall, pushed on and was one of the final 3 riders from the early break to be caught by an attacking De Marchi in the final 20km of the 209km race.
Behind De Marchi, the peloton had become greatly reduced over the tough finishing circuit in San Luca. Merhawi Kudus, Natnael Berhane and Jacques Janse van Rensburg were in the mix deep into the race but it wasn’t to be our day, as Kudus was our final rider to be distanced on the penultimate time up the finishing climb.
Scott Davies – Rider
It was a bit of mixed day for me in the end. I managed to make the break of the day but I crashed on the descent after about 125km. I just over-cooked the corner and ended up in the guardrail. I managed to get back to the break and hung in there until the final 2 laps, so that was a positive. The crash aside, I felt like I had really good legs so I hope I have some form that’ll bode well for these last few races of the season. I’m just hoping I can get my shoulder sorted first, it took a bit of knock in the crash today.