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Valgren wins Giro della Toscana

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Michael Valgren (EF Education-Nippo) wins the 2021 Giro della Toscana (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Michael Valgren (EF Education-Nippo) wins the 2021 Giro della Toscana (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessandro de Marchi (Italy) takes second (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) wins the sprint for third (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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EF Education-Nippo celebrate (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alessandro de Marchi and Alessandro Fedeli racing with the Italian federation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bahrain Victorious working for Colbrelli (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lorenzo Rota (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) and Rigoberto Uran (EF-Nippo) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The early breakaway (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The early breakaway (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Joe Dombrowski (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The breakaway (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) markes an attack from EF-Nippo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rigoberto Uran (EF Nippo) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Puerto Rican champion Abner Gonzales (Movistar) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Einer Rubio (Movistar) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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New European champion Sonny Colbrelli at sign-on (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Michael Valgren (EF Education-Nippo) won the 2021 Giro della Toscana with determined solo attack in the final 14km of the Italian one-day race. 

EF Education-Nippo took on Wednesday's 191km race, first chasing down the early break and then sending Rigobero Urán and Sergio Higuita on the attack over the top of the first ascent of the Monte Serra climb overlooking Pisa. 

Geraint Thomas did a lot of work for Ineos Grenadiers to chase them on the valley road and then EF's Neilson Powless attacked on the second time over the summit of Monte Serra to catch Rafa Majka (UAE Team Emirates), before Valgren took over on the fast flat roads to the finish in Pontedera. 

The Danish rider time trialled his way to victory as his rivals attacked each other and Higuita and Powless helped disrupt the chase. Tao Geoghegan Hart was Ineos Grenadiers' protected leader and tried to jump across to Valgren at one point but the gap soon grew to over a minute, dissuading the chase and sparking a race for the podium spots.  

Alessandro De Marchi, riding for the Italian national team, attacked in the final kilometre to finish second, 1:13 behind Valgren, with Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) winning the sprint for third place five seconds behind De Marchi. 

Valgren pointed to the red stripes on his jersey sleeves, which indicate that he is a former Danish national champion. Valgren has been selected for next week’s World Championships and his victory indicates he is ready for the race in Flanders. 

It was Valgren’s first victory since his 2018 win at the Amstel Gold Race.   

“This was harder to win than the Amstel Gold Race. This is a climber’s race and I’m not really a climber, so I had to go really deep,” Valgren said.

"I lived in Lucca during my first year as a professional, so I know the climb really well and like it. It’s good to be up there and fighting for the win.”

New European champion Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) raced in the European white and blue  jersey for the first time but was not a contender due to the Monte Serra climb. He is expected to challenge in the Coppa Sabatini race on Thursday that is held in the same area of Tuscany and finishes on the gradual climb to the centre of Peccioli.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo 4:33:37
2Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Italy 0:01:13
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:18
4Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
5Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
6Marco Canola (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
7Sergei Chernetskii (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
8Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
9Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo
10Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
11Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
12Stephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain Victorious
13Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
14Cristian Scaroni (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
15Alexandre Geniez (Fra) TotalEnergies
16Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
17Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo
18Luca Wackermann (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
19Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:26
20Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:58
21Ander Okamika Bengoetxea (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:03:08
22Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
23Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
24Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
25Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana-Premier Tech 0:03:11
26Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:04:49
27Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious 0:05:00
28Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:05:15
29Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:05:38
30Isaac Canton Serrano (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:05:58
31Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
32Alessio Nieri (Ita) Italy
33Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain Victorious
34Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
35Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo
36Luca Chirico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:06:00
37Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:08:01
38Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:09:57
39Mark Christian (GBr) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
40Stefan De Bod (RSA) Astana-Premier Tech
41Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:10:41
42Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo
43Andrea Piccolo (Ita) Italy
44Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
45Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious
46Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
47Marco Frigo (Ita) Italy
48William Barta (USA) EF Education-Nippo
49Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) TotalEnergies
50Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
51Harold Tejada Canacue (Col) Astana-Premier Tech
52Jeremy Bellicaud (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
53Davide Bais (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
54Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
55Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
56Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
57Einer Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team
58Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
59Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
60Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates
61Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFAlessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFJan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
DNFAleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Italy
DNFMichael Belleri (Ita) Italy
DNFMatteo Carboni (Ita) Italy
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
DNFYevgeniy Fedorov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
DNFSonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
DNFJonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
DNFDomen Novak (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
DNFJames Whelan (Aus) EF Education-Nippo
DNFOdd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFAndrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFSimone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFMaxime Jarnet (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFJorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFAbner González Rivera (PuR) Movistar Team
DNFSergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFAndrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFSebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFLuke Rowe (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFIvan Ramiro Sosa Cuervo (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFGeraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFJohnatan Cañaveral Vargas (Col) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFFilippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFFilippo Magli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFErik Fetter (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFJuan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFAntonio Angulo Sampedro (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFUnai Cuadrado Ruiz De Gauna (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFTxomin Juaristi Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFGarikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFIker Ballarin Manso (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFMathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) TotalEnergies
DNFVictor de la Parte (Spa) TotalEnergies
DNFFabien Doubey (Fra) TotalEnergies
DNFValentin Ferron (Fra) TotalEnergies
DNFFabien Grellier (Fra) TotalEnergies
DNFAndrea Di Renzo (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFDaniel Pearson (GBr) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFVeljko Stojnic (Srb) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFDavide Orrico (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFJoab Schneiter (Swi) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFVictor Langellotti (Mon) Burgos-BH
DNFAlex Molenaar (Ned) Burgos-BH
DNFMario Aparicio Muñoz (Spa) Burgos-BH
DNFAngel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH
DNFPelayo Sanchez Mayo (Spa) Burgos-BH
DNFMaksym Bilyi (Ukr) D'Amico Um Tools
DNFDaniel Nastasi (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools
DNFNicolas Nesi (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools
DNFBesnik Islami (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools
DNFLuca Roberti (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools
DNFJeferson Armando Ruiz Acuña (Col) D'Amico Um Tools
DNFDaniel Smarzaro (Ita) D'Amico Um Tools
DNFFrancesco Carollo (Ita) Mg.K Vis Vpm
DNFFabio Di Guglielmo (Ita) Mg.K Vis Vpm
DNFPaul Double (GBr) Mg.K Vis Vpm
DNFEdoardo Martinelli (Ita) Mg.K Vis Vpm
DNFJacopo Cortese (Ita) Mg.K Vis Vpm
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Mg.K Vis Vpm
DNFPaul Wright (NZl) Mg.K Vis Vpm

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