Italian title adds to Elia Viviani's outstanding season
Jun 30 2018 11:21 pm CET

Italian title adds to Elia Viviani's outstanding season
Italian title adds to Elia Viviani's outstanding season
Photo of Elia Viviani (c) Sigfrid Eggers

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) has won the road race at the Italian National Championships. This is the 14th victory of the season for the rider.

Viviani was protected at all times by teammates Eros Capecchi, Davide Martinelli and Fabio Sabatini, who also kept the control over any escape. The rider was part of a last kilometres escape that was reduced to a three men group that arrived together to the end.

The winner of the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia showed to have better legs than his companions and crossed the finish line ahead of Giovanni Visconti and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida).

"I never thought I could win a race like today, on such a hard route," said Viviani at the end of the race. "We were only a four-man team but we did all the right moves and I have to thank my teammates for how they rode their hearts out for me today.

"In the final, when I attacked with Oss and Pozzovivo it was the right moment, and when Pozzovivo counterattacked, opening a short 10 second gap to Visconti, who closed us just at the top, I knew I was in a good position as I just had to jump on their wheels if they tried to jump. Usually, you don't have more than one or two shots when you reach the final of such a long and tough race but today I really had the legs to do it. I am so excited for this victory!"

This is the first Italian road title for the rider.
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