Ben Healy wins GP Industria & Artigianato
Young Irish rider takes his second win of the week with long range solo attack
Ben Healy took his second win of the week at the GP Industria & Artigianato after a spectacular solo effort.
Ben Healy took his second win of the week at the GP Industria & Artigianato after a spectacular solo effort. The win comes just three days after the young Irish rider claimed his first road win on stage three of the Coppi e Bartali.
“This is the way I like to do it. Solo and then you’re sure you’re going to have it,” Ben said after celebrating his victory.
The 200-kilometer race featured a challenging finishing circuit in Larciano with four ascents up the Fornello (2.7km at 6.4%). After a hard and aggressive race, it was a reduced bunch that came into the final lap around Larciano which featured our own Georg Steinhauser, James Shaw, and Ben Healy.
Ben made his decisive move on the last ascent of the Fornello. After following an attack by UAE rider Diego Ulissi, Ben counterattacked, cresting the climb solo. He continued to push the pace on the descent and the ensuing flat undulating roads leading back into Larciano and opened up a 30-second gap over the chasing group behind.
With the chase falling apart behind, Ben came into the finishing straight well ahead of the next best rider and had time to soak in the win.
"Before the race, when we were looking at TrainingPeaks, we could see that Ben Healy was flying," said sport director Ken Vanmarcke. "We had several riders that we knew were riding at a really high level and were ready to race. These Italian races aren’t always about who has the strongest legs, it’s also about racing and adapting to constantly changing situations. This group was really good at communicating. All week, they made sure that they were always communicating with each other and with us. They were on it and they were on a mission so it’s really cool to see the guys win."
Ben’s victory wraps up an incredible week of racing by the whole team in Italy with three wins, a young riders classification, and a team classification.