Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy used Trofeo Almar to get back in to race mode as they prepare for the Tour de l’Avenir in late August.
Lucas Hamilton (VIC) and Jai Hindley (WA) finished 21st and 22nd as part of a select group of just over 20 riders that formed over the top of the final ascent of the Tainenberg, with 12 kilometres to the line.
With the rain having started to fall inside the final 20 minutes of the race, both Hamilton and Hindley were caught behind a crash inside the final kilometre, but avoided going down and safely finished the stage.
The peloton rolled out of Taino, just 20 kilometres from the team’s base at the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre for the 180-kilometre race close to Lago Maggiore.
The first and main move of the day came from Benoit Cosnefroy (FRA) and Jon Bozic (SLO) who attacked on the first of four laps of a 37.3 kilometre circuit, quickly establishing a one minute advantage.
With two laps completed the leading duo had built the lead to just under three minutes with the peloton keeping a close eye on the leaders. Storer was part of a move with Martin Otonicar (SLO), Patrick Gamper (AUT) and Karl Patrick Lauk (EST) and quickly took back over a minute of the advantage of the break.
While the move was short lived it started the beginning of the end of the break. The increased pace proved too much for Bozic with Cosnefroy bravely pushing on solo. The gap temporarily fell below one minute before the Frenchman pushed it back to one minute and fifty seconds with 40 kilometres remaining.
Starting the finish circuit of Cosnefroy’s advantage was inside a minute with Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy combining with Belgium and Italy to bring him back. Upon reaching the final ascent of the Tainenberg climb Cosnefroy had been caught by the peloton as the climbers used the final opportunity to try and avoid a bunch sprint.
Around 20 riders formed over the top and navigated the wet descent safely before a crash in the final kilometre left Hamilton and Hindley caught behind. Alexandr Kulikovskiy (RUS) took the win ahead of Dorian Godon (FRA) and Riccardo Minali (ITA)
Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy now turns their attention to three one day races in Italy (Briga Novarese (1.12, Italy) August 11, GP Poggiana (1.2U, Italy) August 14 and GP Capodarco (1.2U, Italy) August 16.
Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy Results
21 Lucas Hamilton
22 Jai Hindley
47 Daniel Fitter +45
49 Michael Storer +45
52 Samuel Jenner +1:03