Peter Kennaugh (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the Grand Prix Cerami after a late solo attack from the breakaway group. Jerome Baugnies (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) finished in 2nd and Benjamin Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen) rounded out the race podium.
The GP Cerami began in sweltering hot temperatures today as the riders set off over the 202km route. It was a fast and attacking race with a number of breakaway attempts. Our African Team was hopeful that it may all come back together for a bunch kick, as we had Ryan Gibbons in the mix. Our South African sprinter did suffer from a crash on the Muur midway through the race but fortunately he was not badly injured and Lachlan Morton did a great job to bring him back into contention.
Unfortunately though, an initial break of 5 riders received a few reinforcements near the back end of the race, making it very difficult for the peloton to bring the front group back. While a thunderstorm cooled things down when the race reached 4 laps of a final 14km finishing circuit, the racing remained red hot and the peloton was continually reduced, giving the break the advantage.
Our African Team did what it could to pull back the escapee’s, with Mekseb Debesay proving to be very strong today, but with 5km to go, the leaders still had 20 seconds over the main group. Kennaugh launched a solo attack from the front group with 2km to go and he was able to hold off his chasers to take the win. The peloton was only sprinting for the minor places in the end and so there was no chance of result for our African Team.