Viviani: "Winning at the end of the Tour is a liberation"

The Italian completed the collection of victories in the big three thanks to his sprint in Nancy: "It was my goal of the season, I'm happy."


Elia Viviani, a 30-year-old Veronese, completed the collection of triumphs in the three major rounds in Nancy: he has five in the Giro d'Italia, three in the Tour of Spain and one in the Tour de France. "It was my goal of the season. Of course I would have liked to achieve a few more victories in the Giro (he was disqualified in Orbetello in favor of Fernando Gaviria), but I focused my preparation to arrive in the best conditions to France and achieve this success ". The Italian shouted with happiness as he crossed the finish line and embraced his teammates and assistants of the Deceuninck: "Without them it would not be half of finisher. The team has turned art into throwing their sprinters. "

The squad achieved its second consecutive win, after Julian Alaphilippe's success in Épernay. The leader himself relieved his teammates in the final kilometers. "I wanted to enjoy my first day with the yellow jersey and participate in the work for Elia. We knew that it was going to win and to correspond to the confidence, "said Alaphilippe. Viviani needed to win for several reasons. In Brussels, on the first fly, lost the wheel of Maxi Richeze: "I did not run aggressive, I ruined the collective effort and that kind of things should not happen when you bet so much for a cyclist". Aside, had only previously registered him in the Tour of 2014: "It is a liberation to raise your arms in the most important event" .

Olympic champion in Rio 2016 on the track, in the modality of , also holds metals in World Cups (two silvers and a bronze) and Europeans (six golds, one silver and three bronzes) inside the velodrome. In , he was proclaimed continental runner-up in Herning 2017, just behind Alexander Kristoff: "It motivates me to combine both disciplines, although the results of the oval are less valued". His victory in Nancy raises his price. He finishes contract with the Deceuninck in December, and Patrick Lefevere, the boss, was not willing to renew him upwards. L'Équipe linked his future to Cofidis by 2020, negotiations that he did not care to confirm: "Yes, but we will see where I finish. For now, I'm focused on the Tour. "



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