Jan Bakelants defies sprinters with Gran Piemonte solo win

Belgian Jan Bakelants took the victory in a wet and windy edition of Gran Piemonte in Italy
– Tao Geoghegan Hart in escape on his debut for Sky
– Photos by Graham Watson

Jan Bakelants Defies Sprinters With Gran Piemonte Solo Win

Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) wins he 2015 Grand Piemonte

Jan Bakelants (Ag2r1) held off the chasing peloton to win Gran Piemonte in Italy on Friday, having distanced his rivals with a late solo attack. The Belgian launched his winning move with around five kilometres remaining in the 185km UCI 1.HC-ranked race. Initially it looked as though he had gone to early and would not keep the sprinters trains at bay, but remarkably Bakelants managed to maintain his advantage all the way to the line in Ciri just.

Jan Bakelants Defies Sprinters With Gran Piemonte Solo Win

Tao Geoghegan Hart put himself in the day s break in his first outing for Sky

The wet, distinctly autumnal conditions did nothing to dampen Bakelants celebration after taking his first victory of the season and his first win since a stage of the 2014 Crit rium du Dauphin 2. Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) brought home the chasers in second, with Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) in third. Tao Geoghegan Hart marked his race debut as a stagiaire for Team Sky3 by joining the day s escape group. The 20-year-old Londoner was one of the last of the original 13 escapees to get caught.

GranPiemonte: In early move of 13. Lights out & started freezing in rain @ 170k when break caught.

Huge thanks @TeamSky4 for the opportunity!

Tao Geoghegan Hart (@taogeoghegan) October 2, 20155

Attention now turns to Sunday, where many of the riders in Gran Piemonte will contest Il Lombardia6, the final WorldTour race of 2015.

>>> Il Lombardia 2015 preview7

Jan Bakelants Defies Sprinters With Gran Piemonte Solo Win

Matteo Trentin (Etixx Quick Step), Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) and Sonny Colbrelli on the podium after the 2015 Grand Piemonte


Gran Piedmonte 2015: San Francesco al Campo to Ciri , 185km
1. Jan Bakelants (Bel) Ag2r-La Mondiale
2. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-QuickStep
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
4. Eduard Grosu (Bel) Nippo-Vini Fantini
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
6. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
7. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
8. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka

Andrea Fedi (Ita) Southeast

Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin


  1. ^ Ag2r (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome survives Dauphin crash as Jan Bakelants wins stage six (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Two new Brits sign for Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ @TeamSky (twitter.com)
  5. ^ October 2, 2015 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ Il Lombardia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Il Lombardia 2015 preview (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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