Uran third at Giro Dell’Emilia

The WorldTour began its autumn season on Saturday with Giro dell’Emilia and it proved an impressive late-season effort from fi’zi:k’s Tour de France sensation Rigoberto Uran (fi’zi:k Aliante R1) who finished third. Uran crossed the line behind race winner Giovanni Visconti and Vincenzo Nibali.

In fact, fi’zi:k riders showed fine consistency with a further four riders inside the top-10: Nicolas Roche (fi’zi:k Arione R1) fourth, Gianni Moscon (fi’zi:k Antares R1) fifth, Alexis Vuillermoz (fi’zi:k Arione VS and AG2R La Mondiale) sixth and Ben Hermans (fi’zi:k Antares) 10th.

The 223.5km parcours began in Bologna and featured three testing climbs, including the gradual but long 19.8km 3% ascent of the Passo Brasimone, before finishing with five laps around San Luca. That meant five debilitating climbs of San Luca that measured 2.1km at an average 10% and a peak of 18%.

fi’zi:k-riding Team Sky looked strong all day but the combination of Visconti attacking and a late Esteban Chaves fall that disrupted the chasers saw the Italian take the win.

The British team once again worked together like a well-oiled machine just one day later at GP Beghelli where Elia Viviani (fi’zi:k Arione 00) sprinted to third in a race won by Luis Sanchez.

fi’zi:k riders were also on show at the Tour de l’Eurometropole where Jean-Pierre Drucker (fi’zi:k Arione R1) finished fifth, just ahead of Oliver Naesen (fi’zi:k Aria R3 shoes and Aliante R1) in sixth. Daniel McLay took the win.

As the road season approaches its final few races, the cyclocross season is cranking up. And it was an impressive weekend for Laurens Sweeck, the Belgian star who races for Era Real Estate – Circus aboard his fi’zi:k saddle, who finished third in the opening round of the Superprestige in Gieten. Mathieu Van Der Poel claimed the win. Sweeck’s podium spot followed his fine victory in Neerpelt on Saturday.