When, in a stage like the Parma-Genoa, you are in a breakaway of 25, you simply cannot make a wrong move if you hope to win. You need not only legs, but also a lot of head and tactical intelligence. The kind that Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Fenix) had today, but also Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma), despite having zero professional victories in three. Hitting the breakaway could already have been a success, as surviving a first hour at an average speed of over 55 km/h is no trivial matter. Instead, Oldani, Rota and Leemreize showed that they still had plenty of fuel in their tanks.
Despite their inexperience at playing races of this calibre, the three moved perfectly, risking it all with more than 50km to go. Rota took off on the final slopes of La Colletta, with Oldani and Leemreize quick to realise that it was an action worthy of attention, since on the final climb, the more demanding Valico di Trensasco, they would probably pay the price.