Sport Director Dario Cioni was a happy man after the race and talked us through an impressive day for the team.
He told TeamSky.com: “It was a hard race and also a long way from the local circuit to the finish line. This was a challenge, but Gianni was very motivated to work and he’s done a lot of training up on the Stelvio. Obviously today he also wanted to show to the Italian team ahead of the world championships that he is ready to race.
“He did a ride very similar to what Egan (Bernal) did last year and we decided to take it on. Mark Donovan was pulling early on, and then Eddie and (Michal) Golas took it up before the last two climbs. That is where Gianni went and he managed to get away. It was a long way with a small gap, but we know he is a good time triallist so we were confident that he could hold on.
“When Taaramae came across that was a good thing and that helped a lot for the last 10km. Gianni played it really smart at the finish. He put himself in the best position and started the last kilometre on the wheel. He was very smart.”
1. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)
2. Rein Taaramae (Direct Energie)
3. Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain Merida)
4. Luca Wackermann (Bardiani-CSF)
5. Pierpaolo Ficara (Amore & Vita-Prodir)