After a strong week in Burgos which included a win for Fernando Gaviria, UAE Team Emirates have built on that result with a podium place at the first World Tour event of the year Strade Bianche. It was the Italian, Davide Formolo, who claimed one of the biggest results of his career with a gutsy ride to claim second place on the dusty ro- ads of Italy. Belgian Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) took the victory after a solo attack with 12km to go. Formolo chased hard along with 3rd place Max Schachmann (Bora – Hansgrohe) though the gap was never closed.
Davide Formolo: “It has been a beautiful race. I really suffered with the heat, and also because we have trained for a month in altitude. It’s always great to race at Strade Bianche, there a little bit of regret for having missed a beautiful victory, but the second place is a good result anyway and tops-off a good week for the team. Now I’ll look towards Milan-San Remo which is a different style of parcours but we’ll give give it our best.”
1. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 4:58:56
2.Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) @30”
3. Max Schachmann (Bora -Hansgrohe) @32”