The Italian cyclist Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-Assos) has been awarded the thirty-fourth edition of the Clsica de Almera, a test of the UCI ProSeries calendar held this Sunday on a 183.3 kilometer track, starting in Puebla de Vicar and arriving in Roquetas de Sea.
Nizzolo, current champion of Italy and Europe, won with a time of 4 hours, 18 minutes and 44 seconds in the now usual sprint on Avenida Juan Carlos I in Roquetas de Mar against the French Florian Senechal (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and to Estonian Martin Laas (Bora-Hansgrohe).
During the first hour of the race the first break of the day took place, with the Spaniards Luis ngel Mat (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), the Belgian Robbe Ghys (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), the Dutch Alex Molenaar (Burgos BH) and the Italian Davide Bais (Eolo-Kometa), later joined by the Eritrean Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Trek-Segafredo).
The fugitives, with Mat crowning in first place in the heights of Celn, Fuente Marbella and La Alquera, came to have 3 and a half minutes of advantage over a squad that UAE Emirates and Deceuninck-Quick Step began to shoot until they hunted them down. .
The members of Astana then took over at the head of the squad before a new attack took place, led by the Spanish ngel Madrazo (Burgos BH) and Ibon Ruiz (Kern Pharma) and the Italians Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa) and Samuele Zoccarato (Bardiani CSF Faizane).
The four escapees came to have 1 minute of rent when they reached the Almerimar slope, while behind what was expected and marked in the script, with Deceuninck taking the reins of the squad to end the escape on the way to Roquetas.
For the last 40 kilometers, the group was already united again, with the teams working to put their candidates for victory in the best position.
Previously, Italians Rivi and Zoccarato had left their fugitive companions behind and traveled several kilometers alone.
The last section was somewhat bumpy, with one fall in which some athletes such as Ivn García Cortina (Movistar), lvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) were involved.
Apart from this mishap and already close to the finish, once the peloton entered the Roquetas de Mar street circuit, two steps were taken across the finish line before the final sprint finish in which Nizzolo won a final victory.
Nizzolo, 32 years old, succeeded the German Pascal Ackermann, winner of the last two editions, in the palmars of the Almeria classic.
Classifications [Clasificaciones completas]
Classification of the Classic of Almera 2021:
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA / Qhubeka-Assos) – 4:18:44
2. Florian Snchal (FRA/Deceuninck-Quick Step) – m.t.
3. Martin Laas (EST / Bora-Hansgrohe) – mt
4. JON ABERASTURI (ESP / CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA) – mt
5. Timothy Dupont (BEL / Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) – mt
6. Danny van Poppel (NED / Intermarch-Wanty) – mt
7. Gabriel Cullaigh (GBR / MOVISTAR) – mt
Edward Theuns (BEL / Trek-Segafredo) – mt
9. Marc Sarreau (FRA / Ag2r-Citron) – mt
10. Damiano Cima (ITA / Gazprom-RusVelo) – mt
Source: Es Ciclismo .com by www.esciclismo.com.
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