Pello Bilbao takes solo victory on Tour of the Alps opener

Pello Bilbao

Pello Bilbao (Astana) has won the first stage of the Tour of the Alps after he attacked in the descent of the final climb and held off the chasers.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) finished second while Ivan Sosa (Androni-Sidermec) took third on the stage.

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) led in the chase group 10 seconds back, with Chris Froome (Team Sky) fifth in his first race since Tirreno-Adriatico. He is still awaiting a decision in his salbutamol case, and is building up to the Giro d’Italia.

Bilbao noted that former teammate Michele Scarponi won the opening stage of the race last year. “My fifth pro victory has a special taste, right because of this coincidence, coming one year after the final win by ‘Scarpa’,” he said. “Michele always has a place in our hearts. He is a source of inspiration and motivation, and to repeat his feat in this Tour of the Alps debut makes it even more significant. This victory is for him, and his family.”

Tour of the Alps 2018 – stage 1 results (Arco – Folgaria):

1Pello Bilbao (Astana)

3:26:41

2Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)

+06”

3Ivan Sosa (Androni-Sidermec)

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4Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

+10”

5Christopher Froome (Team Sky)

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6Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)

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7George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)

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8Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF)

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9Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy)

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10Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)

+14”

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