Alberto Bettiol lays down Tour de France marker with solo triumph at Italian Championships

VILLAINESLAJUHEL FRANCE MAY 25 Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team EF Education EasyPost celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 49th Boucles de la Mayenne 2024 Stage 2 a 2088km stage from Le Ham to VillaineslaJuhel on May 25 2024 in VillaineslaJuhel France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Alberto Bettiol (Image credit: Getty Images)

Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost) was the favourite for the Italian Championships on home roads in Sesto Fiorentino, and the Tuscan duly lived up to his billing by dropping his breakaway companions on the final climb of Monte Morello with 9km to go.

From there, the result was never in any real doubt, as Bettiol cruised home to win by 17 seconds from Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché-Wanty) and Edoardo Zambanini (Bahrain Victorious).

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