This Wednesday, Italian rider Lorenzo Rota, lover of one day races, stood out in the Giro della Toscana (1.1, 15/09), the opening race of the Italian end of the season classics. The race of 191 kilometer brought the riders around Pontadera (Pisa) in two loops. The southern circuit was relatively flat and followed by a northern lap with the Monte Serra (8.4km at 7%), repeated twice.
It was after the first passage on the Monte Serra, where the early breakaway was caught, that Lorenzo Rota chose to anticipate by attacking with two Colombians from EF. Afterwards, the rider from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert was among the best ones uphill and remained in a group of around twenty riders on the second passage of the Monte Serra, with the top situated 25 kilometer before the finish. After winner Valgren and chaser De Marchi, who both escaped in the final flat kilometers, Rota sprinted to 2nd place of the casing group, securing 4th place.