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Formolo goes long to win Italian road title

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Davide Formolo on the podium

Davide Formolo on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Formolo on the podium

Davide Formolo on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The podium finishers

The podium finishers (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Formolo punches the air

Davide Formolo punches the air (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Handshakes on the podium

Handshakes on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sonny Colbrelli leads the bunch home but it's for second palce

Sonny Colbrelli leads the bunch home but it's for second palce (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The podium ceremony

The podium ceremony (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Formolo celebrates his win

Davide Formolo celebrates his win (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Formolo delighted as he makes his way to the podium

Davide Formolo delighted as he makes his way to the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Formolo celebrates

Davide Formolo celebrates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Formolo celebrates

Davide Formolo celebrates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Formolo celebrates

Davide Formolo celebrates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Davide Formolo heading down the descent of the final climb

Davide Formolo heading down the descent of the final climb (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Matteo Trentin in the bunch

Matteo Trentin in the bunch (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Formolo on the attack

Formolo on the attack (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabio Aru was active

Fabio Aru was active (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sonny Colbrelli was disappointed with second place

Sonny Colbrelli was disappointed with second place (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

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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