Formolo goes long to win Italian road title

Bora-Hansgrohe rider attacked solo with 35km to go

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed a spectacular victory in the Italian road race championship on Sunday, attacking from range before going it alone on the final three laps in Borgo Val di Taro. 

The reduced peloton came down 27 seconds later, led by Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida), with Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) grabbing the final podium spot. 

Formolo began his offensive some 60km from the finish, with five laps of the finishing circuit - punctuated by the climb to Strela - still to cover. Initially away with six others, he dominated the front of the race and left them behind on the descent of Strela with three laps still remaining. 

“It was very hot, it must have been 40 degrees,” Formolo said, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I knew I had to invent something. I made a mistake counting the laps. I thought there were four left, but it was actually three, and that encouraged me.”

Formolo's lead was never great, but he never gave up, and there were question marks in the chase group. With a lead of 30 seconds heading into the last lap, the inevitable attacks came on the climb to Strela but nothing stuck and Formolo hardly ceded ground, negotiating the descent before finishing off a brilliant victory.

Second at Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April, Formolo came away disappointed from the Giro d'Italia, where he placed 15th overall. He took time out after the corsa rosa and will now hope the national title is a springboard for further success later in the season. 

“Cycling is a sport of suffering, not of numbers,” Formolo said. “When you put a number on your back, you have to say, ‘Great, today I’m going to suffer, to hurt myself.’ If instead you start out stressed, you won’t go anywhere. You have to be happy in order to have the desire to suffer.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe5:35:23 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:27 
3Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First  
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
5Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
6Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
7Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
8Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin  
9Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
10Marco Tizza (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
11Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
12Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team  
13Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
14Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:30 
15Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:34 
16Davide Gabburo (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:01:53 
17Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
18Davide Rebellin (Ita) Sovac0:04:57 
19Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
20Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
21Andrea Cacciotti  
22Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Ineos  
23Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Ineos  
24Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
25Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
26Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:52 
27Jacopo Mosca (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools0:06:20 
28Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:06:54 
29Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini-Trevigiani-Mg.K Vis  
30Raul Colombo (Ita) Biesse Carrera  
31Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
32Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert0:07:49 
33Manuel Pesci0:08:33 
34Ivan Martinelli (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools  
35Francesco Romano (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
36Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM0:09:41 
37Iuri Filosi (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:10:26 
38Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Ineos0:13:53 
DNFAndrea Toniatti (Ita) Team Colpack  
DNFElia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
DNFAndrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFEmanuele Onesti (Ita) Giotti Victoria  
DNFMirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFLorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
DNFMarco Landi  
DNFFabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
DNFLuca Pacioni (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
DNFGiovanni Lonardi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
DNFNiccolo Salvietti  
DNFAngelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools  
DNFAntonio Santoro (Ita) Monkey Town-A Block  
DNFAlessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFFilippo Fiorelli  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Giotti Victoria  
DNFMatteo Busato (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFManuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita-Prodir  
DNFSimone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFVincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFAlberto Amici (Ita) Biesse Carrera  
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFAlessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFFrancesco Messieri  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
DNFLuca Raggio (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
DNFIvan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
DNFNiccolo Bonifazio  
DNFJalel Duranti (Ita) Team Colpack  
DNFMattia Bais (Ita) Cycling Team Friuli ASD  
DNFLuca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFFilippo Tagliani  
DNFVincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFDaniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFNicholas Cianetti  
DNFMattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFMarco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFMatteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFEdward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFLeonardo Bonifazio (Ita) Sangemini-Trevigiani-Mg.K Vis  
DNFSimone Ravanelli (Ita) Biesse Carrera  
DNFRiccardo Minali (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFLorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAndrea Di Renzo  
DNFDavide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFMassimo Rosa (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
DNFFilippo Zaccanti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
DNFGiacomo Garavaglia (Ita) Team Colpack  
DNFEnrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data  
DNFYuri Colonna  
DNFMichael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFRiccardo Marchesini  
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFRoberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFMatteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFDamiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
DNFAntonio Di Sante (Ita) Sangemini-Trevigiani-Mg.K Vis  
DNFFederico Burchio (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools  
DNFEdoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFDaniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFAlessandro Frangioni  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFManuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFSimone Bevilacqua (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
DNFFilippo Rocchetti (Ita) Team Colpack  
DNFLorenzo Friscia  
DNFDamiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFAttilio Viviani  
DNFLuca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFGiuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
DNFLeonardo Tortomasi  
DNFAntonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFDavide Martinelli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
DNFUmberto Marengo (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  
DNFImerio Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane  
DNFDario Puccioni (Ita) Sangemini-Trevigiani-Mg.K Vis  
DNFOrlando Pitzanti (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools  
DNFMatteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFManuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFFrancesco Baldi  
DNFDario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFRiccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Giotti Victoria  
DNFAlessandro Bisolti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
DNFFrancesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM  


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