Nicki Sorenson made a late attack stick to take victory at Italy’s final race of the season – the GP Bruno Beghelli.
The opportunistic Dane (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) jumped on a decisive move from Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF) which saw an escape quintet form in the closing kilometres.
Sorensen was able to kick on and open up some daylight at the end of the tough 196.3-kilometre race to take his first win of the season in one of his final opportunities.
With the instigator of the move Pozzovivo resigned to fifth, Fabio Felline (Androni-Giocattoli) and Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini) produced the best kicks to round out the podium places in Monteveglio.
A tough finishing circuit had seen a tense finish as a breakaway attempted to hold off the surging peloton as the finish line approached.
126 riders took to the start on Sunday morning in what was the last race of the season for the majority of the peloton.
In contrast to Saturday’s Giro dell’Emilia where a sizeable early break were not allowed to go clear, Sunday saw 16 riders seize the opportunity to make tracks off the front.
With 40km in the books the group had a maximum advantage of 7:10, but as the race wore on the peloton sprung into action to cut the deficit.
As the race arrived at the 13.3km finishing circuit for the first time the margin had been slashed to 3:15, Team Nippo riding on the front into Monteveglio.
With each circuit featuring a climb of the tough Zappolino the breakaway soon became stretched, eventually splitting with six laps to go.
Two laps later a number of riders jumped out of the peloton and looked to bridge across to the group, Team Sky’s Danny Pate among them, the new group swelling to 18 as the race entered the business end.
But the peloton was always bearing down and the race came back together on the bell lap, the attackers and the Danish strongman taking the spoils.