Adriano Malori (Movistar) won the time trial title at the Italian Road Championships held on Wednesday in Novara, Piedmont. He covered the 36.6km course in 44:13, to win the event by over a minute ahead of Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Garmin) and Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo).
"Having put almost half a minute over the rest into that demanding section, he really had to feel strong", said Movistar's director José Luis Arrieta in a team press release.
Malori has had a strong season boasting four time trial wins, at the Tour de San Luis, Tirreno-Adriatico and Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire, and now at the championship. He was also recently fourth in the closing time trial at the Tour de Suisse. He will now focus on adding a fifth time trial win to his palmares at the opening time trial at the Tour de France in Utrecht.
"It was quite a technical course, with lots of turns, climbing... it wasn't easy at all. Fortunately, I felt really great, stronger than in the Tour de Suisse, and as there were many descents between the climbs, I was able to give my everything from the very start.
"Now it's time to start thinking about next Saturday: the competition will be quite stronger, it'll be a difficult day for me... but I feel strong and motivated. There's not much work to go: some specific training on the TT bike, with short, fast sessions... from a physical point of view, I'm ready for the Tour."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team||44:13:00|
|2||Moreno Moser (Ita) Team Cannondale-Garmin||0:01:01|
|3||Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo||0:01:13|
|4||Alan Marangoni (Ita) Team Cannondale-Garmin||0:01:44|
|5||Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing||0:01:45|
|6||Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo||0:01:56|
|7||Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert||0:01:58|
|8||Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare||0:02:13|
|9||Nicola Dal Santo (Ita) Italy||0:02:29|
|10||Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec||0:02:57|
|11||Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare||0:03:01|
|12||Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini||0:03:13|
|13||Luca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF||0:03:30|
|14||Michele Scartezzini (Ita) MG.Kvis Vega||0:04:33|