After winning the Italian national title on Sunday, August 27, Giacomo Nizzolo backed that championship-winning ride up with another today, by winning the European road race title.
PARIS, France, August 27, 2020 – Giacomo Nizzolo, racing for the Italian national team, sprinted to victory at the European Road Race Championships, taking the win ahead of Arnaud Demare (France) and Pascal Ackermann (Germany).
The Italian team started the 177km circuit race in Plouay, France with a clear plan to deliver Nizzolo to the line, a plan which they were able to execute to perfection.
Nizzolo jumped out from behind his final lead-out man, Davide Ballerini (who finished 2nd to Nizzolo in the nationals on Sunday), in the final 150 meters of the race to edge out Arnaud Demare for the win.
The Italian sprinter is set to lead our NTT Pro Cycling lineup at the Tour de France, starting this Saturday in Nice, and will do so proudly in the European Continental Champions jersey.
Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Italy & NTT Pro Cycling) said after the race that:
“Today was incredible. Italy road all day in the front, from the first kilometer and controlled the race. I had good feelings throughout the race and in the end, could do a great sprint. I am so happy, and I can’t wait to see the team tonight and to celebrate with them.”
European Road Championship Elite Men road race results (top 10)
- Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) 4:12:23
- Arnaud Demare (France)
- Pascal Ackermann (Germany)
- Mathieu Van der Poel (Netherlands)
- Jasper Stuyven (Belgium) 0:00:01
- Davide Ballerini (Italy)
- Maciej Paterski (Poland)
- Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spain)
- Adam Ťoupalík (Czech Republic)
- Benoit Cosnefroy (France)
Press release by NTT Pro Cycling Team. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of NTT Pro Cycling.
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