Elia Viviani wins Cyclassics for the second time in a row: This victory bodes well before flying to Spain
Aug 20 2018 05:36 am CET

Elia Viviani wins Cyclassics for the second time in a row: This victory bodes well before flying to Spain
Elia Viviani wins Cyclassics for the second time in a row: This victory bodes well before flying to Spain
Photo of Elia Viviani (c) Sigfrid Eggers

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) has been the fastest man at the 23rd edition of the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg. The rider became the second rider in history to win the race twice.

The first ride for the Italian in his National champion jersey was 216.4 kilometres long and had a breakaway of five men that was caught just past the 20-kilometre mark. Quick-Step Floors did a particularly good job at the final kilometres and put Viviani in an optimal position to fight in the final sprint.

"I was second in the Cadel Evans Race, Gent-Wevelgem and RideLondon, so to finally win a World Tour one-day race this year feels incredible," said the Italian. "It’s also my first victory in the beautiful maglia Tricolore, which is something special that I will remember for the rest of my life."

Viviani crossed the finish line in Hamburg ahead of Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates). "The team did again a perfect and impressive job: Iljo (Keisse) pulled the entire day, in his first race since June, then we had Rémi (Cavagna) and Kasper (Asgreen) for the hilly part of the race, where they kept things together, before Davide (Martinelli), Michael (Morkov) and Saba (Fabio Sabatini) took over," he explained.

"We studied the closing part of the race yesterday evening and knew we had to be in the front for the last three kilometres, which were really technical. It’s a pleasure to be part of this team, the best in the world, and I feel really lucky to be a member of the Wolfpack.

"With 400 meters left, I was on Demare’s wheel, who had Guarnieri in front of him, and that was the best position to find myself in. All that I had to do was to wait for the best moment to launch my sprint and power past my opponent, and this was inside the last 150 meters, 50 meters later than in 2017. Getting this victory bodes well before flying to Spain next week for La Vuelta."






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