This Wednesday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux participated in its first Italian competition of the year on the occasion of the Trofeo Laigueglia (1.pro, 2/03), a classic of 202 kilometer in the province of Savone.
With over 4000 meters of climbing, the parcours took the riders first to Albenga before returning back for four local laps containing the Colla Micheri and the Capo Mele, one of the famous climbs from Milano-San Remo.
It was in the approach to the local circuit that the final of the race was opened by the Belgian World Team. The acceleration resulted in a leading group of around twenty riders with Jan Bakelants, Théo Delacroix, Quinten Hermans, Simone Petilli and Lorenzo Rota.
The leading group had lost half of its members after two laps with lots of climbing and technical descents. Lorenzo Rota admirably fighted off the numerical superiority of UAE, Astana and Ineos to start the final kilometer in a winning position.
Rota finished fourth after an effort of five hours and took the mountain prize home. His compatriot Domenico Pozzovivo finished in eleventh place in the first chasing group.