It was all smiles for UAE Team Emirates at the GP Lugano, as the riders took on 179.2 km on a course featuring two short climbs before the finish by the lake in Lugano.
The decisive move was made on the penultimate lap of 8 and featured all the main hitters: Diego Ulissi and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) attacked on the climb of Agra, later being joined by their teammates Aleksandr Riabushenko, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) as well as Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-Csf) and Patrick Schelling (Team Vorarlbeg).
The group started the last lap with a twenty-eight second gap on the peloton as Ulissi and Nibali moved away on the climb of Agra. They would eventually regroup before teamwork between Riabushenko and Ulissi ensured a winning performance.
“Finally I managed to win the GP Lugano, after so many attempts. I live in Lugano, so this has become my home race. This victory is particularly sweet – Ulissi explained – Our team was perfect , first in controlling the break of six guys who led the race in the initial laps, then to move with precision in the decisive moments.
Riabushenko was fantastic in supporting me in the final, this one-two is a really great moment for our team.
I’m glad that I made the most of my good condition: I finished the Giro in good shape and I was able to race at my best “.