Giro Toscana: Monte Serra shows its teeth

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Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) won the Giro della Toscana, beating Roman Bardet in 2-rider sprint finish. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) rounded out the race podium.

The 90th edition of the Giro della Toscana was a one of the toughest, as riders had to complete 3 laps up and over the famous Monte Serra mountain. The 9km climb that has an average gradient of close to 7%, would suit the climbers well and put the rest of the peloton in the hurt box.

First time up the climb and 5 riders had gone clear of the peloton, by the summit their gap was 6-minutes. It was a 50km loop around before returning up for the 2nd time, and when the peloton did, the break was all but caught and the main group already greatly reduced.

Our African Team had Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Edvald Boasson Hagen looking the best as the race regrouped ahead of the final ascent. Bardet and Moscon though were in a league of their own as they attacked on the final climb. With riders spread all over the mountain, Janse van Rensburg and Boasson Hagen found themselves in the 2nd main chase group.

Bardet and Moscon reached the summit with a 20 second gap over Pozzovivo while the first chase group was a further 30 seconds back. The duo was able to hold of their chasers over the final flat 20km to the finish in Pontedera, with the Italian beating the Frenchman in the sprint.