Nizzolo shines in a survival race in Almería

The European champion was the quickest in the chaotic outcome, in which falls and cuts added a lot of tension.


Giacomo Nizzolo was the winner of the Almería Classic, which was decided in a race that, despite its profile for sprinters, ended up being one of survival. The numerous falls and cuts that occurred in the final section made the arrival to be played between those who were able to overcome the problems and the Italian, wearing his European champion jersey, signed a valuable victory for his team, Qhubeka, in the which meant the first race with World Tour teams in Spain.

There were escapes, among which a Luis Ángel Maté was leaked, wearing the Euskaltel colors, but in a test like the classic from Almeria, the teams with fast men did not allow any of them to reach the last 20 km outstanding. The Deceuninck helped, despite the fact that their sprinter, Mark Cavendish, rolled off the hook at the decisive moments due to a mechanical problem. Another of his assets, Álvaro Hodge, was also immersed in a fall where, among others, Iván García Cortina, Movistar's most solid asset, also fell to the ground.

Among that tension, at the last kilometer there were few favorites who came with options (Gaviria could not be there either). Yes Nizzolo, who despite not being the one with the most teammates to launch him, starred in a spectacular comeback to end up raising his arms at the goal of Roquetas de Mar. Florian Senechal, who a priori were not one of Deceuninck's main assets, He finished second, while Martin Laas from Bora completed the podium. Jon Aberasturi, Caja Rural's fast runner, was the best Spaniard in fourth place.


1. G. Nizzolo (Ita / Qhubeka) 4: 18: 44.

2. F. Senechal (Fra / Deceuninck) mt

. M. Laas (Est / Bora) mt

4. J. Aberasturi (Esp / Caja Rural) mt

5. T. Dupont (Bel / Bingoal) mt

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