For the fourth consecutive year, Italy has taken gold in the men’s road event of the European Cycling Championships held this Sunday in Trento. Sonny Colbrelli , born 100 kilometers from there 31 years ago, has made good his status as favorite and has defeated a monumental Remco Evenepoel at the sprint , who has blown up the race but has not been able to with the top speed of the Bahrain classic. which he has congratulated with a cut of sleeves after crossing the finish line. Frenchman Benoît Cosnefroy was third.
Ayuso, bronze sub-23
The three teams that bet the most for the victory took the podium. Spain was seen with the movements of the Catalans David de la Cruz and Roger Adrià (29th, best Spanish) , but very far from the goal.
When France and, specifically, Romain Bardet, shook the apple tree, any medal option for Spain vanished, which returns from Trento with the bronze achieved by Juan Ayuso in Saturday’s sub-23 race and the sixth place of Raúl García leg in the CRI sub-23 (10 seconds from the podium) as best results. In the absolute category CRI, in which Filippo Ganna was surprised by Stefan Küng , there was not even a Spanish representative.
Evenepoel was the great protagonist when making the final selection in the last step through the Povo level . The great and young Belgian cyclist (21 years old) accelerated and cut the winner of the Tour Tadej Pogacar , as well as Sivakov, Hirschi, Hermans, Hoelgaard, and an invaluable Matteo Trentin, who despite working all day could finish fourth. Evenepoel could only be followed by Colbrelli and Cosnefry, and the Frenchman also gave in on the last lap, again to the thrust of the Belgian, who knew himself a loser at the sprint, especially with the Italian champion.
If he had given a show attacking, Evenepoel also gave it to the finish line, claiming from Colbrelli some relays that did not arrive. The impetuous Deceuninck runner (a team, the ‘Wolfpack’, where manners are not taken care of excessively) gestured many times ‘Italian’ demanding help from his rival, but did not dare to stop shooting perhaps for fear of being caught by the pursuers.
Colbrelli, with cold blood, let him take him to the last meters and there he was smarter and faster. He overtook him before the last corner and on the cobblestone sprint he showed that he has a great top speed. “I cannot blame Colbrelli. He was very strong. Perhaps we were the strongest in the race. He is the just winner also because of how he has walked in recent weeks,” the Belgian later renewed. Fourth consecutive continental title for Italy , which always takes this test very seriously, after those of Matteo Trentin (2018), Elia Viviani (2019) and Giacomo Nizzolo (2020).
Holland wins women’s gold
In the women’s race the triumph was for the Netherlands , although not for any of its most renowned runners. Ellen van Dijk surprised by taking the gold in large part thanks to the work of her colleagues Demy Vollering and Annemiek Van Vleuten , who acted as blotters so that no one in the group of favorites would dare to go all out for her. Germany’s Liane Lippert and Lithuanian Rasa Leleivyte completed the podium. Eider Merino (19th) was the first Spanish.