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Nizzolo takes Italian national road race title

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Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep)

Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
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Brambilla, Nizzolo and Pozzato on the podium

Brambilla, Nizzolo and Pozzato on the podium
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins Italian road race title 2016

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins Italian road race title 2016
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
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Brambilla, Nizzolo and Pozzato on the podium

Brambilla, Nizzolo and Pozzato on the podium
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Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep)

Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep)
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Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep)

Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep)
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Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep)

Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep)
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Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Gianlucan Brambilla (Etixx-Quickstep) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins the Italian championship

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins the Italian championship
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) with his gold medal

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) with his gold medal
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Eugenio Alafaci and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) post-race

Eugenio Alafaci and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) post-race
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Bronze medalist Filippo Pozzato (Wilier Triestina-Southeast)

Bronze medalist Filippo Pozzato (Wilier Triestina-Southeast)
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Filippo Pozzato (Wilier Triestina-Southeast) sprays Giacomo Nizzolo on the podium

Filippo Pozzato (Wilier Triestina-Southeast) sprays Giacomo Nizzolo on the podium
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) checks his margin before raising his arms in triumph

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) checks his margin before raising his arms in triumph
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Breakaway rider Gianluca Branbilla gets caught

Breakaway rider Gianluca Branbilla gets caught
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins Italian road race title 2016

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins Italian road race title 2016
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Oscar Gatto (Tinkoff)

Oscar Gatto (Tinkoff)
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The peloton

The peloton
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins Italian road race title 2016

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) wins Italian road race title 2016
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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) won the road race title at the Italian Championships on Sunday and will wear the prestigious tricolour jersey for a season. He won the race ahead of Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) and Filippo Pozzato (Wilier Triestina-Southeast).

"Today the race was crazy, I had a lot of friends here cheering for me," Nizzolo said in a team press release. "I have to give a big thanks to the guys, they did a super job for me today. At the beginning I didn't feel good, but at the end I was really motivated on the final climb."

The men raced 228km that ended with four laps of a 20km circuit. The lap included a short, steep climb (300m and 17%) three kilometre from the finish.

Nizzolo's teammates led him into the foot of the last uphill where he was the first to attack, followed by Oscar Gatto (Tinkoff). The move resulted in a selection of five riders at the top.

Brambilla  attacked on the descent, and only Nizzolo was able to make the bridge; the two riders arrived to the finish to play a tactical two-up sprint that Nizzolo won, leaving Brambilla in second.

"Marco (Coledan) made a very strong pull into the the last climb and stretched out the peloton and I attacked the climb," Nizzolo said. "We were five at the top of the hill and then Brambilla attacked on the downhill and had a gap.

"I went across to him and we were two, and I pulled until the final kilometer. It was then that I realized this could be the right day. Then in the sprint, I won. It is really, really, really an important race for me and I will enjoy the next days and the next year."

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo5:37:49
2Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:01
3Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:03
4Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:04
5Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
6Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
7Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team
8Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
9Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:08
10Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:13

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