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Meurisse wins Giro del Veneto

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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Xandro Meurisse (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix) - Matteo Trentin (ITA - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix) beats Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) to the line for victory in Padova (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Xandro Meurisse (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix) - Matteo Trentin (ITA - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix) beats Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) to win Giro del Veneto (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Xandro Meurisse (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix) - Matteo Trentin (ITA - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix) is congratulated by a teammate for the win (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Matteo Trentin (ITA - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) settled for second (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Scenery - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Start in Cittadella for 168.8km Giro del Veneto (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 84th Edition Cittadella Padova 1688 km 13102021 Fabio Sabatini ITA Cofidis Diego Ulissi ITA UAE Team Emirates Elia Viviani ITA Cofidis photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Cofidis riders at the start Fabio Sabatini and Elia Viviani with Diego Ulissi of UAE Team Emirates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Start - Pavel Kochetkov (RUS - Gazprom - RusVelo) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Riders begin 168.8km race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Elia Viviani (ITA - Cofidis) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Elia Viviani (Cofidis) in the peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Manuele Boaro (ITA - Astana - Premier Tech) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Manuele Boaro (Astana - Premier Tech) in the peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Marc Hirschi (SUI - UAE Team Emirates) - Alessandro Covi (ITA - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

UAE Team Emirates in action headed to Padova (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Sven Erik Bystrom (NOR - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Sven Erik Bystrom (UAE Team Emirates) and Manuele Boaro (Astana - Premier Tech) at front of the peloton (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Scenery - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Clear sailing for 168.8km on Wednesday (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Filippo Fiorelli (ITA - Bardiani CSF Faizane') - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Filippo Fiorelli (Bardiani CSF Faizane') during the race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Scenery - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Peloton passes one of many vineyards through Veneto, an important wine region in the north-east corner of Italy (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ - Astana - Premier Tech) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Alexey Lutsenko of Astana-Premier Tech at the start in Cittadella (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Xandro Meurisse (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix) hoists the trophy for win at Giro del Veneto (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Alberto Dainese (ITA - Team DSM) - Xandro Meurisse (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix) - Matteo Trentin (ITA - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Official podium (L to R): second place Matteo Trentin (ITA - UAE Team Emirates), winner Xandro Meurisse (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix), third place Alberto Dainese (ITA - riding for Italian National Team) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Giro del Veneto 2021 - 84th Edition - Cittadella - Padova 168,8 km - 13/10/2021 - Alberto Dainese (ITA - Team DSM) - Xandro Meurisse (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix) - Matteo Trentin (ITA - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Podium celebration a bit out of order, with third place Alberto Dainese (Italian National Team) on left, and winner Xandro Meurisse (BEL - Alpecin-Fenix) congratulating Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) on second place (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix) beat Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) in a close sprint to win the revived Giro del Veneto one-day race in northern Italy.

Trentin hit out early in the sprint after riding aggressively in the final kilometres but Meurisse managed to beat him at the line in the centre of Padova as the peloton almost caught the attackers in a thrilling finale.

Alberto Dainese, riding for the Italian national team, snatched third place from Jhonatan Restrepo (Androni Giocattoli) who was also in the three-rider attack. Restrepo finished seventh as he was caught by a number of sprinters on the line.  

The Giro del Veneto is the first of three races organised by former rider Filippo Pozzato with support from several Italian brands and the Veneto region. The Serenissima Gravel race will be held on Thursday, with the Veneto Classic on Sunday.

The 168km race covered a long loop through central Veneto, starting in Cittadella in the north, visiting Vicenza in the west and then climbing into the Colle Eugenio for the finale and ride to Padova.

The early break was caught on the series of late climbs and then UAE Team Emirates took turns to go on the attack. Marc Hirschi joined Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) in a dangerous attack with 30km to go but then slipped out during the descent.

The strongest riders came together after the steep Roccolo climb with 20km to go and the attacks started as teams tried to avoid a sprint finish. 

Local resident Dainese was a clear threat and was helped by his young Italian teammates. UAE Team Emirates had a number of riders in the front group of 20 and so launched several attacks. Trentin got away at his second attempt with five kilometres to go, with Meurisse and Restrepo joining him and their teammates closing down the chase behind. 

The trio managed to open a 10-second gap and held it into the streets of Padova. Trentin did much of the work as he tried to avoid being caught but that only played into Meurisse’s hands, who saved something for the finish.

Trentin was angry with his second place in Monday’s Coppa Agostoni but could only accept yet another podium spot. 

“I’m second again. I keep saying I only need to improve one spot to win but it’s happened again. Now I’ve only got one race left: the Veneto Classic on Sunday,” the Italian said.

“I think we executed the tactics perfectly, it was just a pity that Marc crashed on the downhill. We had me, Diego [Ulissi], Davide [Formolo] and Alessandro [Covi] and did what we had to do. But it was second again.”

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 3:54:11
2Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
3Alberto Dainese (Ita) Italy
4Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis
5Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
7Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
9Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
10Davide Orrico (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
11Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
12Luca Chirico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
13Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
14Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
15Marco Tizza (Ita) Amore e Vita
16Mattia Bais (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
17Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
18Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
19Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
20Alex Tolio (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
21Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
22Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
23Ben Tulett (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
24Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
25Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
26Cristian Scaroni (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:00:06
27Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
28Andrea Piccolo (Ita) Italy 0:00:35
29Kevin Colleoni (Ita) Italy 0:00:42
30Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:02:30
31Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis 0:04:28
32Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Cofidis
33Nicola Venchiarutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
34Jonas Rapp (Ger) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang
35Kevin Bonaldo (Ita) Team Qhubeka
36Davide Bais (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
37Marco Canola (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
38Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
39Davide Baldaccini (Ita) Italy
40Stijn Daemen (Ned) Abloc CT
41Alex Raimondi (Ita) Italy
42Thomas Champion (Fra) Cofidis
43Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
44Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
45Riccardo Lucca (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
46Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
47Rodrigo Contreras Pinzon (Col) Astana-Premier Tech
48Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
49Antonio Puppio (Ita) Team Qhubeka
50Petr Vakoc (Cze) Alpecin-Fenix
51Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
52Riccardo Verza (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
53Federico Burchio (Ita) IWD 0:08:47
54Emil Vinjebo (Den) Qhubeka NextHash
55Lorenzo Visintainer (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
56Michael Konczer (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang
57Paolo Totò (Ita) Amore e Vita
58Francesco Di Felice (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
59Mattia Guasco (Ita) Team Qhubeka
60Petr Rikunov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
61Giovanni Bortoluzzi (Ita) Work Service-Marchiol-Dynatek
62Thomas Pesenti (Ita) Beltrami TSA Tre Colli
63Francesco Zandri (Ita) IWD
64Davide De Pretto (Ita) Beltrami TSA Tre Colli
65Luca Cretti (Ita) Beltrami TSA Tre Colli
66Stefano Di Benedetto (Ita) IWD
67Jacopo Cortese (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
68Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
69Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
70Mattia Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
71Floris De Tier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
72Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
73Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
74Luca Mozzato (Ita) Italy
75Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
76Erik Fetter (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
77Paul Double (GBr) Mg.k Vis VPM
78Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
79Marco Frapporti (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
80Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
81Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
82Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cofidis 0:11:52
83Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis
84Davide Martinelli (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
85Damiano Cima (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
86Luka Pajek (Slo) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang
87Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
88Luca Coati (Ita) Team Qhubeka
89Giacomo Garavaglia (Ita) IWD
90Alessio Acco (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
91Nicholas Agostini (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
92Riccardo Minali (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
93Stefan Kolb (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang
94Matteo Zurlo (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
95Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
96Timon Loderer (Ger) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang
97Samuele Zambelli (Ita) Iseo-Rime-Carnovali
98Andrea Ghislanzoni (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
99Marvin Hammerschmid (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang
100Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
101Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
102Mattia Pinazzi (Ita) Italy
103Riccardo Tosin (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
104Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
105Marco Grendene (Ita) Beltrami TSA Tre Colli
106Samuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
107Lorenzo Milesi (Ita) Beltrami TSA Tre Colli
108Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
109Daniel Pearson (GBr) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
110Christian Danilo Pase (Ita) IWD 0:11:56
111Francesco Carollo (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFLouis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFDavide Appollonio (Ita) Amore e Vita
DNFMattia Benedetti (Ita) Amore e Vita
DNFVladislav Zubar (Ukr) Amore e Vita
DNFNicolo' Parisini (Ita) Beltrami TSA Tre Colli
DNFAndrea Piras (Ita) Beltrami TSA Tre Colli
DNFMatteo Baseggio (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
DNFRainer Kepplinger (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang
DNFNegasi Haylu Abreha (Eth) Team Qhubeka
DNFRaul Colombo (Ita) IWD
DNFEdoardo Faresin (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
DNFGiulio Masotto (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
DNFDavide Cattelan (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
DNFFabio Di Guglielmo (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
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