Weekend wrap-up: Giro dell’Emilia and GP Beghelli

    Rigoberto Uran opened Cannondale-Drapac’s five-day Italian campaign with a podium in San Luca on Saturday. The Colombian finished in third place at Giro dell’Emilia behind Bahrain-Merida pair Giovanni Visconti and Vincenzo Nibali.

    Uran’s efforts were backed up by #GreenArgyle in Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli on Sunday where the team’s eight-rider squad to an aggressive approach that eventually netted Alberto Bettiol fifth place.

    “Beghelli was supposed to be a sprint, but this race is a little bit strange,” said sport director Fabrizio Guidi. “If you look at past editions, there is always something happening in the last lap, especially on the climb where riders always try to go for the win.

    “We had Alberto attack there, but he missed the opportunity to reach [eventual winner] Luis Leon Sanchez,” Guidi added. “The main thing is you need to know to be ready, and he was there. Alberto has had a great season, and he’s still on good form after a great performance at Worlds.”

    Although the top step of the podium remained out of reach, Guidi is satisfied with the first two Italian races.

    “You can’t have the best result every day,” noted Guidi. “I’m happy with the effort I saw. We have another three races, and we’re going to keep trying for the win.”