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Lorenzo Rota is vice champion of Italy for a second time in a row

In the pro category in Italy, Lorenzo Rota flirted with the title, as he became vice champion of Italy for the second consecutive year in a row on the challenging circuit in Comano Terme. From a leading group of four with 40 kilometer to go, the rider from Bergamo left all his breakaway companions behind on the Cravasto climb (5.6km at 5%). Even though he was caught by six chasers, he sprinted to second place behind Simone Velasco after nine laps or 227 kilometer in the heat.

"For the first time in months, I finally had the good feeling I have been working for so hard. This inspired me to adopt audacious tactics and try with an early attack. Even though unfortunately not many riders followed me, we managed to resist well to the chasers. I reached the top of the final climb alone, 20 seconds ahead of six chasers. Maintaining the gap was impossible because of the headwind after the top. Once I was caught, I followed the group to give everything in the sprint, which resulted in second place. In contrary to last year, when I had the feeling I didn't achieve the best possible result, I have given everything this time so I have to be satisfied with this silver medal. After the race, I called Francesco Busatto to congratulate him with his title in the U23 category. I'm very proud and happy for my young teammate and I'm already looking forward to race for the title with him next year. Now I will take some rest and train for my return in competition in the Tour de Wallonie. I have the ambition to conquer a selection in the national team for the World Championship in Glasgow."

RESULTS

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1.Simone VelascoAstana5:37:32
2.LORENZO ROTAIntermarché-Circus-Wanty+0LORENZO ROTA
3.Kristian SbaragliAlpecin Deceuninck+0
24.SIMONE PETILLIIntermarché-Circus-Wanty+2:28SIMONE PETILLIDNF.

General Classification

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