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Italian championship U23

Francesco Busatto is Italian champion

Francesco Busatto offered Circus-ReUz-Technord a prestigious title by becoming Italian champion U23 in the road race, in a sprint with two ahead of Luca Cretti. After two brilliant successes in Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 and the Orlen Nations Grand Prix, the future rider of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty achieved the first ever national road title for the team directed by Kévin van Melsen. 

Credits: Mario Zannoni

"In the Giro Next Gen I didn't manage to realise my dream of winning a stage. But this title of Italian champion changes everything. This is incredible. The parcours was very difficult, but not insurmountable for a rider with my characteristics. As I only had Alessio Delle Vedove as a teammate, a pure sprinter, and didn't feel fully recovered of the Giro Next Gen yet, I focused on following attacks in the beginning of the race. That's how I got in the lead with a group of ten riders. The situation was not ideal for me, as other teams were well represented. I saw that my competitors started to suffer, so I benefited from that to accelerate on the climb with two laps to go. Luca Cretti and me quickly made a difference so we worked well together until the finish, where I won the title in a sprint. I will now start a rest and training period and I can't wait to wear my new kit in my last races in the U23 category. I want to feel which emotions it brings. This title makes me dream of my professional debut, I have the ambition to race with Lorenzo Rota for the title in the elite category from next year."

RESULTS

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1.FRANCESCO BUSATTOIntermarché-Circus-WantyFRANCESCO BUSATTO
2.Luca CrettiColpack Balian+0:01
3.Dairo Igor BellettaJumbo Visma Development+1:47
DNF.ALESSIO DELLE VEDOVECircus-ReUz-TechnordALESSIO DELLE VEDOVE

General Classification

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