professionals | 12/09/2022 | 17:06
After nearly three months off, the professional riders return to compete in Italy: Wednesday 14 September in Pontedera Tour of TuscanyThe seventieth day will be held the next day Peccioli City Cup Grand Prix-Giuseppe Sabatini. These are races sponsored by the UCI Calendar Pecciolese Cycling Federation.
Gianni Moscone of Trentino, now designer in Astana, will participate in the Giro della Tuscany and “Sabatini”. Pontedera’s eccentric Gianni won the 2018 edition of the Giro della Toscana. Sports fans will also be able to pay tribute to Egan Bernal, holder of Major General Inios Grenadier, winner of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, among others. Colombian Inios Grenadiers finished second at the 2019 Tuscany after being defeated in a sprint by Giovanni Visconti. This was exactly the year of Bernal’s success in the Tour de France.
“Moscone – Astana coach Pep Martinelli – explains – is not as fit as he was in 2018. This year he retired from the Tour de France on stage 10 and has not participated since then.” To tell the truth, Moscon also returned in September 2018 from a period of inactivity: they ruled him out during the Tour de France and on his return he immediately won the Agostoni Cup and specifically Tuscany. “However, 2022 was not a problem for Moscone – notes Martinelli -, an unfortunate year for him. In the winter he had Covid 19 and bronchitis, and the lotion was affected. I would like to repeat that for Gianni, Tuscany and Sabatini, the races he will try to honor the best Possibly, it is in any case a re-run of Moscone racing. It marks the beginning of a work aimed at getting it back to 100% by the spring of 2023.”
In the two Tuscan Challenge races in memory of Alfredo Martini, the team declaring the Kazakh capital will focus heavily on Valerio Conte and Leonardo Basso. In addition, we will have two promising young men from Astana Development. We are going to put together Gianmarco Garofoli, who has just won a race in Puglia, as well as David Tonati, the Italian cyclocross champion and the blue who is a real discovery of activity on the road.”
Toneatti, a Friulian from Buja born in 2001, finished third a few days ago at the Giro del Friuli Elite and under 23 with a very international team. Toneatti – continues
Martinelli – He has never been on the road in his career and has proven to be so strong. In the next few years he can establish himself among the best professional road riders.”
In the race with start and finish in Pontedera, Vicenza-based Samuel Battistella, the under-23 world champion in 2019, will be racing in the Astana jersey, who in Spain’s Vuelta a… “At the Vuelta – sets Martinelli – we stopped Battistella by four stages from the end because he wasn’t feeling well, after several days in the attack. He didn’t have Covid or weird illnesses, remember.”
Egan Bernal was not so lucky at the start of the 2022 season: during a test session on the bike, he crashed into a bus. However, the Colombian is in great shape now, having just returned from the stage races at the Tour of Denmark and the Tour of Germany in which he gave good references. In the two Pecciolese races to direct the Inéos-Grenadiers will be Australian Brett Lancaster. Many other heroes will also participate in the classics of Pontedera and Peccioli.
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