The GP du canton d’Argovie ended in a mass sprint with Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) taking the spoils. 2nd place went to Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth) while David Tanner (IAM Cycling) was 3rd. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Kristian Sbaragli in the mix too, as he finished in 4th place for our African Team.
The race got off to a fast and aggressive start and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka made sure to be part of the action by following the early moves. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was part of 16 man group that got away after the first 18km lap while the peloton split in two due to the pressure. The lead group kept the pace high and this resulted in the group being whittled down to 14 riders by the halfway point.
The peloton eventually had to sit up and regroup and this saw the gap grow to 1’40” for the leaders. By having Janse van Rensburg in the lead group, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were in a good position as Sbaragli could save himself for the final if it would later end in a bunch sprint.
In the end, a big bunch sprint would in fact decide the outcome as Janse van Rensburg’s group were caught with 15km to go. Our African Team looked to position Sbaragli for the finale and he was trying to better the 5th place he finished in last year. The red jersey winner from the Giro d’Italia, Nizzolo, proved to be the fastest finisher on the day and took the victory. Sbaragli went one better than last year and secured 4th place for our African Team.
Kristian Sbaragli – Rider
Today I was racing for Keagan Girdlestone, my thoughts were with him. We were here to fight for the victory and we did that with Reinard in the break and then in the final sprint as well. From my side I am not so happy with the results because we can do better but I am really happy about the feeling on the bike after the sickness in the Giro. It has been a long time since I could do a good sprint and fight for the victory.