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Colbrelli sprints to Italian men's road title

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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious Fausto Masnada ITA Deceuninck QuickStep photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Sonny Colbrelli wins the 2021 Italian title (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious Fausto Masnada ITA Deceuninck QuickStep photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Fausto Masnada and Sonny Colbrelli on the attack (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious Fausto Masnada ITA Deceuninck QuickStep photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Fausto Masnada and Sonny Colbrelli on the attack (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Sonny Colbrelli at the head of the chasing group (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Fausto Masnada ITA Deceuninck QuickStep photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-Quickstep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Fausto Masnada ITA Deceuninck QuickStep Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious Samuele Zoccarato ITA Bardiani CSF Faizane photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Fausto Masnada, Sonny Colbrelli and Samuele Zoccarato (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabio Aru (Qhubeka-Assos) on the Imola circuit (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The finish of the Imola circuit (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Sonny Colbrelli with his children after his victory (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious Fausto Masnada ITA Deceuninck QuickStep photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Sonny Colbrelli celebrates winning the Italian championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious Fausto Masnada ITA Deceuninck QuickStep Samuele Zoccarato ITA Bardiani CSF Faizane photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Sonny Colbrelli, Fausto Masnada and Samuele Zoccarato on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Sonny Colbrelli the new Italian champion (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 Italian Road Championship Men Road Race BellariaIgea Marina Imola 2259 km 20062021 Sonny Colbrelli ITA Bahrain Victorious photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021

Sonny Colbrelli the new Italian champion (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) won the Italian road race championships in a two-man sprint against Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in Imola. 

Colbrelli managed to bridge across to Masnada 28km from the finish, after Masnada had attacked the peloton 7km earlier. 

Between them, Colbrelli and Masnada caught and dropped all of the riders who had formed the day’s break, with Samuele Zoccarato (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) taking third place as the last rider to survive from it. 

The finishing sprint was no contest, as Colbrelli used his superior kick to defeat Masnada comfortably. 

Given Colbrelli’s recent run of form, the victory certainly does not come as a surprise. The Bahrain-Victorious rider has been on a hot streak in recent months, sprinting well and consistently to claim a stage each at the Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine, as well as the points classification at both races. 

But the manner of the victory isn’t quite as we would have expected. Rather than wait for a sprint, Colbrelli went out on the attack, alert to the danger posed by Fausto Masnada’s attack. 

Masnada made his move during a calm period of the race 35km from the finish, after a selection had been formed in the peloton that had whittled the race down to just the select favourites, inclduding Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) and Domenci Pozzovivo (Qhubeka Assos).

Masnada gained a large advantage, and rather than try to continue working with the other riders in the peloton to bring him back, Colbrelli set off in solo pursuit.

Colbrelli caught up to Masnada just as he reached the survivors of the day’s sizable breakaway, which had been reduced from thirteen to five riders following the work of Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè, who made up three of the remaining five.

Of those five, Zoccarato was the only rider able to hang on as Masnada and Colbrelli pushed on over the climb in the finishing circuit.

He battled valiantly, and still kept the leaders in sight even after he was dropped 14km from the finish, but was eventually taken out of contention for good.

By now Masnada and Colbrelli had a comfortable lead over the rest of the peloton, who had continued to cede time having already found themselves almost one minute adrift by the time the pair joined up together. 

Despite not having to worry about being caught by the peloton, and having a mch inferior sprint to Colbrelli, Masnada did not try an attack or gamesmanship in the finale. Instead, he chose to start his sprint early, but had no response when Colbrelli came past his wheel and stormed to victory. 

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 5:29:24
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:02
3Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:00:37
4Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:30
5Alexander Konychev (Ita) Team BikeExchange
6Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
7Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma 0:02:31
8Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
10Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
11Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
12Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:37
13Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:04:07
14Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:05:41
15Manuele Tarozzi (Ita) 0:05:42
16Matteo Baseggio (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi 0:08:18
17Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:09:33
18Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:09:39
19Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
20Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
21Giacomo Garavaglia (Ita) IWD
22Stefano Gandin (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
23Filippo Tagliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
24Davide Appollonio (Ita) Amore e Vita
25Davide Rebellin (Ita) Work Service-Marchiol-Dynatek 0:09:40
26Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
27Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
28Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
29Riccardo Verza (Ita) Zalf Euromobil Fior
30Davide Orrico (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
31Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
32Cristian Scaroni (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
33Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
34Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
35Mattia Bais (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:09:41
36Michele Corradini (Ita)
37Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
38Luca Chirico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
39Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
40Marco Canola (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
41Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
42Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
43Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
44Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
45Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
46Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:09:42
47Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal
48Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
49Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
50Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
51Raffaele Radice (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
52Alessandro Monaco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
53Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
54Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
55Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
56Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:09:43
57Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
58Marco Tizza (Ita) Amore e Vita 0:09:44
59Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
60Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
61Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
62Kevin Colleoni (Ita) Team BikeExchange
63Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 0:09:45
64Fabio Mazzucco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
65Manuel Pesci (Ita)
66Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team
67Francesco Romano (Ita)
68Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM 0:13:15
69Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
70Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:13:16
DNFFabio Aru (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
DNFNicola Bagioli (Ita) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
DNFDavide Bais (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFDavide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFLeonardo Basso (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFMattia Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFSimone Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
DNFLeonardo Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie
DNFNiccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie
DNFDavide Botta (Ita)
DNFFederico Burchio (Ita) IWD
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
DNFAndrea Colnaghi (Ita)
DNFNicolas Dalla Valle (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFStefano Di Benedetto (Ita) IWD
DNFFrancesco Di Felice (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFAndrea Di Renzo (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Delko
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
DNFAlessandro Iacchi (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFGiovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFIgnazio Longo (Ita)
DNFRiccardo Lucca (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
DNFLeonardo Marchiori (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
DNFUmberto Marengo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFDavide Martinelli (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
DNFJonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
DNFRiccardo Minali (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFSacha Modolo (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
DNFMatteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
DNFLuca Mozzato (Ita) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
DNFGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
DNFStefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
DNFLuca Pacioni (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFNicola Parenti (Ita)
DNFGiuseppe Pellegrino (Ita)
DNFMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
DNFSimone Piccolo (Ita)
DNFSamuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
DNFCristian Rocchetta (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Mg.k Vis VPM
DNFDaniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFDaniel Smarzaro (Ita) D'Amico um Tools
DNFMatteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
DNFRiccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Vini Zabu' Brado KTM
DNFRiccardo Tosin (Ita) General Store-f.lli Curia-Essegibi
DNFTomas Trainini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFOliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNFNicola Venchiarutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
DNFMattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
DNFAttilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
DNFFilippo Zaccanti (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
DNFFrancesco Zandri (Ita) IWD
DNFEnrico Zanoncello (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'

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