Nizzolo takes first career Classics podium at Gent-Wevelgem

Belgian Wout Van Aert of Team JumboVisma L sprints to win over Italian Giacomo Nizzolo of Qhubeka Assos a at the finish of the GentWevelgem In Flanders Fields 2475 kilometers road cycling race from Ypers to Wevelgem on March 28 2021 Home rider Wout van Aert of JumboVisma won the GentWevelgem cycling classic in Belgium edging Italian pair Giacomo Nizzolo and Matteo Trentin The powerful 26yearold also won the MilanSan Remo and Strade Bianche classics in 2020 and has emerged as a major force in the sport Belgium OUT Photo by DIRK WAEM various sources AFP Belgium OUT Photo by DIRK WAEMBelgaAFP via Getty Images
Nizzolo (right) took second behind Wout van Aert at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The early breakaway move in a race rarely survives until the finish at the spring Classics, but a strong wind during the passage through the wide-open fields at De Moeren decided differently at Gent-Wevelgem. While the front group contained several Classics favourites, a number of riders mostly famous for their sprinting abilities making the cut only added to the surprise.

One of them was European champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos). The 32-year-old Italian finished as runner-up behind Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), sprinting from the rear of a seven-man lead group to grab second ahead of Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates).

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