Giacomo Nizzolo crowned Italian champion

Giacomo Nizzolo sprinted to victory at the Italian National Road Championships, beating Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Mclaren) to the title.

Despite crashing 4km into the tough 253km Italian national road race, Nizzolo was able to position himself at the front of affairs at all the critical moments of the race.

Samuele Battistella was on-hand to support Nizzolo throughout the race, and played a vital role in keeping the race together, for Nizzolo to have the opportunity to sprint for victory.

After the final climb of the race peaked with around 25km to go, Nizzolo and Battistella were both in the front selection of 13 riders that went all the way to the line.

Nizzolo launched his sprint late, but timed his move to perfection as his late lunge for the line just edged out Ballerini. This is Nizzolo’s 2nd national title, following his 2016 triumph, and will see the NTT Pro Cycling sprinter proudly wear the tricolore at the Tour de France, starting next weekend.

It has been a great day. We were only two in the race from NTT, Samuele and me, and he did a perfect job. We did the perfect race and I am so happy to get the jersey again. I feel really proud now, I hope I can enjoy the time I will have in the Italian jersey at the Tour de France and also the rest of the year that follows.

Giacomo Nizzolo