Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) sprinted to victory at the inaugural edition of the UCI 1.1 Race Torquay, this evening. Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) produced another solid sprint to take 2nd place, with Alberto Dainese (Team Sunweb) rounding out the podium in 3rd.
The 133km Race Torquay took place in fading evening light, around a 10 lap circuit in Torquay. The criterium style race was run at a high pace throughout, with a number of attacks coming from the main group.
However, with a keen interest from a number of sprint teams to work on the front of the peloton, including our own NTT Pro Cycling, all escape attempts were neutralized. NTT Pro Cycling was riding in service of our Italian, Giacomo Nizzolo, who was also celebrating his 31st birthday today.
Another strong team effort allowed Nizzolo to take the wheel of Bennett in the frantic final kilometers, but the Irishman was just able to hold off the late surge from Nizzolo for the line.
Giacomo Nizzolo – Rider
“The beginning of today’s race was quite challenging as it was very hot but the guys were really good. We rode very well today as a team and the feeling only got better near the end of the race. Overall it was a good performance by us, the win would have been better but for today, 2nd place is okay.“