Gianni Moscon celebrates in Tour of the Alps stage 1: It's an unbelievable emotion to win after such a long time
Apr 20 2021 02:15 am CET

Gianni Moscon celebrates in Tour of the Alps stage 1: It's an unbelievable emotion to win after such a long time
Gianni Moscon celebrates in Tour of the Alps stage 1: It's an unbelievable emotion to win after such a long time
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Ineos-Grenadiers' Gianni Moscon has taken the victory of the first stage at the Tour of the Alps.

The race is back after one year of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it did it with a thrilling 140.6 stage between Brixe/Bressanone and Innsbruck (Austria). The escape of the day included Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation), Marton Dima (Eolo Kometa) and Felix Enghelardt (Tirol KTM) and the last rider to surrender was the Italian with 15 kilometres to go.

Moscon -who return to cycling after a two-month break caused by the fracture of his scaphoid- made a last stretch attack and was joined at the last moment by Idar Andersen (Team Uno-X). But the Italian was the strongest at the final metres, as the peloton was approaching them, and celebrated the victory of the day.

"It's really the best way to get back into the race," Moscon commented. "It's an unbelievable emotion to win after such a long time (nearly three years), especially here in Innsbruck. My knowledge of the roads certainly helped, but it's the legs that made the difference. I didn't expect to be able to win in my comeback race, but this is the demonstration that if you really believe in it, it is possible to achieve big results.

"Tomorrow is my 27th birthday, I gave myself a double present in this green leader's jersey and a success that is worth a lot: my Tour of the Alps will continue in the sign of determination, and whoever from Ineos Grenadiers wears the green jersey in Riva del Garda, we'll be happy with that."




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