NTT rider Giacomo Nizzolo Sunday won the Italian road race title on Sunday for a second time as he outsprinted the other survivors of a 13-man breakaway. Four years after his first victory, the 31-year-old edged Deceuninck-Quick
Step’s Davide Ballerini and Bahrain-McLaren’s Sonny Colbrelli in the charge to the line at the end of a 253-kilometre race over 12 laps from Grapa to Cittadella. Nizzolo has had injury problems since his first national title in 2016. “After three very difficult years I managed to win back this jersey and I hope to enjoy it more than the first time,” he said.
Groupama-FDJ’s Arnaud Demare won the French national road race title for the third time on Sunday. Demare, already a champion in 2014 and 2017 as well as being a two-time Tour de France stage winner, reeled in Julian Alaphilippe before outstripping Bryan Coquard in a sprint finish in the 238km course in Brittany. Demare, 28, missed on selection for his team’s squad for the August 28-September 20 Tour de France, which has been built around Thibaut Pinot.
Astana rider Luis Leon Sanchez was crowned Spanish road race champion on Sunday to add to his four national time trial titles. The 36-year-old Sanchez, with four Tour de France stage victories to his name and winner of the 2009 Paris-Nice and the 2005 Tour Down Under, finished the 185km course between Ubeda and Baeza, in Andalusia, ahead of teammate Gorka Izagirre, with Vicente Garcia de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano) rounding out the podium. Last year’s winner Alejandro Valverde was unable to defend his title, focused instead on honing his preparations for the August 29-September 20 Tour de France.
RBA/aFP Photots: Bettini