The last stage of the Italian race was a 166.2-kilometer-long circuit race around Forlì. The stage finished with the sprint from the reduced group of 32 riders, won by Dutch cyclist Pascal Eenkhoorn. Merhawi Kudus, Jonas Gregaard and young Kazakh neopros Vadim Proskiy finished stage in the first group, with the same time as a stage winner.
After four stages Astana Pro Team riders wins the team classification of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali. Merhawi Kudus finished the race in Top 10, taking 8th place in the final GC.
- It was normal race, not bad, not too good. We did not have big goals there, as it is more like a very nice platform to prepare for further competitions and to grow up the riders’ condition. As for Fabio Felline, he is preparing to the start of Tirreno-Adriatico, and possible start at Giro d’Italia. Merhawi Kudus was our leader in GC, he finished in Top 10, but there were not though uphill finishes suitable for him as he is pure climber. Yes, we had some mountains during the stages here, but the final kilometers were always flat. I am very pleased with young Kazakh Vadim Pronskiy, it was his first race after serious surgery, but he did it very good, always in the front, especially, taking into account, that today was really tough race, 7 circuits with a climb. This guy is our future, I think, he will be our hope for a GC in the climbs in the further year, - commented sports director Alexandr Shefer.
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