This Thursday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux climbed again on the podium in Genova, on the occasion of the Giro dell’Appennino (1.1). Two weeks after the second place of Lorenzo Rota in the twelfth stage of the Giro, the World Team left the city this time with the victory and third place.
The 83rd edition of the classic, presented a course of 192 kilometer with five categorized climbs through the Lugurian Appenines. The team directed by Valerio Piva and Bart Wellens showed its collective strength from the start of the race, by setting the pace in the peloton and catching the early breakaway of eight riders in the second race half. The seven riders led the bunch until the slopes of Pietralavezzara (6.2km at 7.7%).
It was on this penultimate climb that the peloton explosed, with only twelve riders remaining in the lead on top. Quinten Hermans, Louis Meintjes, Lorenzo Rota and Georg Zimmermann were present in this group and participated, immediately after the descent, in a succession of attacks on the Madonna della Guardia (6.9 km at 7.9%). Thanks to Meintjes and Zimmermann, the Belgian team continued to outnumber the competition in a group of five riders on top of this last climb.
In the end, eight riders battled for the victory in the final 15 kilometer towards Genova. After a first attempt of Georg Zimmermann, Meintjes attacked and managed to create a decisive gap. Thanks to the support of the German rider in the chasing group, the South-African climber began the final kilometer with an advantage of more than 1 minute on his chasers.
At the end of a solo of more than 8 kilometer, Meintjes lifted his arms for the first time since 2015 and offered the team its twelfth victory of the season. Just behind, Georg Zimmermann sprinted to third place, joining his teammate in the podium ceremony.