European Championships - Sonny Colbrelli: It was really hard to hold on with Remco Evenepoel on the final climb
Sep 13 2021 09:50 am CET

European Championships - Sonny Colbrelli: It was really hard to hold on with Remco Evenepoel on the final climb
European Championships - Sonny Colbrelli: It was really hard to hold on with Remco Evenepoel on the final climb
2021 UEC Road European Championships - Trentino

Sonny Colbrelli (Italy, Bahrain Victorious) has won the road race of the European Championships and has taken the fourth victory in a row for the country.

The rider was part of the front group during the last stretch of the race along with Matteo Trentin, and on the last two laps, followed the movements of Remco Evenepoel and outsprinted him in the last metres to take the win of the day.

This is the fourth year in a row that Italy delivers the champion of the road race of the European championships. The winner of the last editions were Trentin, Elia Viviani and Giacomo Nizzolo.

"Starting as a favourite when racing at home is not easy, as there's additional pressure to cope with, but I felt well and wanted to deliver to reward the team's great work," said Colbrelli. "It was really hard to hold on with Remco on the final climb, but when I finally took the final turn at the front, I knew I had done it. Winning in this incredible atmosphere is a dream come true.

"It’s amazing. A fantastic victory. I didn’t have a good feeling at the beginning of the race. I had also got a lot of pressure as this race was a huge opportunity for me. But the Italian team worked perfectly, and Trentin, in the final, supported me excellently. Then I managed to follow Evenepoel on the last climb, although I was suffering. I’m so happy also because I took this win in Italy and as an Italian is something special."

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