Spectacular action in the final stage of the bearer of the Italian national team; Filippo Zana remains the leader of the general classification
The Emiliano-Romagnola leg of the Adriatica Ionica Race staged from Ferrara to Brisighella was a day of great show. Raising his arms to the sky was Giovanni Carboni from Marche (Italian National Team) who greeted the company of the best of the day in the last 15 kilometers and went to seize his first success among professionals alone. On the podium with Carboni are Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper) and Paul Double (Mg K Vis) while Filippo Zana (Bardiani) finished in fourth position, thus maintaining the leader of the general classification.
THE RACE REPORT – 111 athletes started at 12 o’clock from the historic center of Ferrara; after 35 kilometers, a trio of Mikel Bizkarra (Euskaltel Euskadi), Alessandro Fancellu (Eolo Kometa) and Alessandro Monaco (Giotti Victoria Savini Due) take off. Fancellu is the first to pass on the Modigliana KOM while it is hard the battle of the group behind the breakaway riders. The reconnection takes place just 20 kilometers to the finish along the climb of Via Valletta.
In the following descent it is Giovanni Carboni (Italian National Team) who manages to gain about fifteen seconds on the best of the day and flies alone towards the finish line in Brisighella where he arrives with a 25 “advantage over Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper), Paul Double (Mg K Vis) and Filippo Zana (Bardiani) who complete the podium.
THE STATEMENTS – A liberating scream at the finish line in Brisighella for Giovanni Carboni who, after the awards ceremony, explained: “I have a lot of anger on me because I want a team that allows me to compete at the Vuelta to the best of my potential. I preempted because I knew I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the best rivals. Compared to yesterday, this stage was more suitable to my features and I really did my best”. – concluded Giovanni Carboni.
Geo & Tex 2000 blue jersey (general classification): Filippo Zana (Bardini CSF)
Enit green jersey (GPM classification): Natnael Tesfazion (Drone Hopper)
Suzuki red jersey (sprinter classification): Filippo Zana (Bardini CSF)
Gabetti white jersey (youth classification): Filippo Zana (Bardini CSF)
Orange FSA jersey (the most combative): Alessandro Monaco (Giotti Victoria)
THE WINNER – The winner at the finish in Brisighella is Giovanni Carboni’s who catches his first victory among professionals. Marchigiano of Fano, born in 1995, was second in the Italian Under 23 time trial championships in 2015 and 2016. Among his best results there is a fourth place in the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia 2019 with arrival in San Martino di Castrozza and two fifth places during “Giro d’Italia”. He is competing with the Italian national team jersey after the UCI’s decision to suspend the activity of his team, Gazprom Rusvelo, due to the events related to the war in Ukraine.
1° Giovanni Carboni (Italia) 3h25’37”
2° Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper) a 25″
3° Paul Double (Mg K Vis)
4° Filippo Zana (Bardiani CSF)
5° Vadim Pronskiy (Astana) a 28″
6° Luca Covili (Bardiani CSF)
7° Henok Mulueberhan (Bardiani CSF) a 33″
8° Jefferson Cepeda (Drone Hopper) a 38″
9° Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo Kometa) a 57″
10° Alessandro Fancellu (Eolo Kometa) a 1’26”
1° Filippo Zana (Bardiani CSF)
2° Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper) a 15″
3° Vadim Pronskiy (Astana) a 30″
4° Luca Covili (Bardian a 42″
5° Jefferson Cepeda (Drone Hopper) a 56″
6° Mikel Bizkarra (Euskaltel Euskadi) a 1’55”
7° Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo Kometa) a 4’35”
8° Edoardo Sandri (CTF) a 4’48”
9° Paul Double (MG K Vis) a 4’59”
10° Oliver Stockwell (CTF) a 6’17”
CURIOSITY: THE DISH OF THE DAY – Today in the hospitality area of Brisighella, thanks to the work of the Agrichefs of Coldiretti Ravenna, pasta with ragù of “more” was served. A simple traditional recipe with a strong and pleasant taste that enhances the typical local products. It is in fact made using 100% Italian wheat and ragù from Romagna, made with the black pig breeds that are raised in the upper Apennines. The dish of the day was accompanied by Piadina Romagnola PGI, from the Piadina Romagnola Consortium, Prosciutto di Mora Romagnola, Coldiretti Ravenna, Prosciutto di Parma Dop, Piacenza cured meats Dop, Zia from Ferrara, Squacquerone Dop and mortadella from Bologna. These specialties were joined by the presentation and tasting of the Brisighella oil and the typical Emilian wines of Coldiretti in Ravenna.
TOMORROW’S STAGE – From Fano (Pu) to Sirolo: the first of the two Marche stages of the AIR 2022 will be spectacular as well as unpredictable. The fourth section, 160 km long, starting from Fano – the city of the children and the luck – will end insidiously after crossing, one after the other, some attractions of the Marche Region such as Jesi, Recanati, Loreto and Numana. In the first part of the stage, the passage through Filottrano will be rich in emotions, in memory of the unforgettable Michele Scarponi.
The last kilometers
The final will take place entirely along the roads of the splendid Riviera del Conero with a challenging ring, characterized by the ascent of the Poggio, to be repeated twice. Six kilometers of climb with maximum peaks of 17% will be tackled just five kilometers to the finish.