European Championships: Nizzolo wins elite men's road race title

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) claimed the European Continental Championships Road Race in a nail-biting sprint ahead of Arnaud Demare (France) and Pascal Ackermann (Germany).

Nizzolo, who won the Italian national championships last weekend, benefitted from an excellent lead-out from his teammates, to secure their nation’s third straight title in the race.

The race was an aggressive affair with countless attacks all the way through the lumpy course in Plouay, France but the Italians were tactically perfect, using the likes of Matteo Trentin – a former winner in the race – to mark countless attacks before providing Nizzolo with an excellent lead-out in the final. 

Davide Ballerini helped make the difference, helping to drop Nizzolo off with just over 150m to go while Demare and Ackermann were forced to ride without teammates in the sprint. 

The win continues Nizzolo’s excellent season and ensures that the 31-year-old will wear the European jersey at the Tour de France later this week.

“It’s been an incredible day. I had an amazing lead-out from the team but honestly all day they worked perfectly. It was really close and I thought I didn’t do a good jump but in the end I was lucky,” Nizzolo said.

“I lost this race by this much a few years ago but today I won and I’m so happy. We had a plan that if we were all together on the final lap that we should go for sprint. That’s what we did. I’m so proud of the team. We did an unbelievable job. Now I’m going to go to the Tour de France with this jersey.”

Mathieu Van der Poel (Netherlands), who had been active throughout the race, started his sprint from too far back and was forced to settle for fourth.

How it unfolded

Pawel Bernas (Poland), Andreas Miltiadis (Cyprus), Dusan Rajovic (Serbia) and Emil Dima (Romania) established an early four-man break but their lead never extended beyond a few minutes with the Italian, Dutch and French controlling the peloton.

With 54km to go only Bernas remained as Van der Poel set about trying to break up the field for the first time. Sep Vanmarcke then put in a huge turn that caught Bernas and reduced the main field to less than sixty riders before Bernas went on the attack once more with another three riders.

They were soon joined and then dropped by Jasper Stuyven, with the French team attempting to bring the race back together.

Van der Poel made a series of stinging attacks inside the final 30km with Greg Van Avermaet also looking to break up the field. At that point there were too many strong teams and even when Sven Erik Bystrøm and Matteo Trentin clipped off the front the pair only enjoyed a short lead before being caught.

Van der Poel went again with a group including Bystrøm and Trentin with 18km to go but once more then peloton persisted and only Markus Hoelgaard (Norway) was able to establish any daylight in the closing 10km. With just the final climb up the Cote du Pont-Neuf to come, Italy set a blistering pace that ensured that no one could move clear, but once Hoelgaard was caught there was a last-minute surge from Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) and Rui Costa (Portugal) but Trentin snaffled them up inside the last two kilometres before his Italian teammates finished the job with another convincing win in a race they have come to dominate.

Highlights

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) 4:12:23
2Arnaud Demare (France)
3Pascal Ackermann (Germany)
4Mathieu Van der Poel (Netherlands)
5Jasper Stuyven (Belgium) 0:00:01
6Davide Ballerini (Italy)
7Maciej Paterski (Poland)
8Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spain)
9Adam Ťoupalík (Czech Republic)
10Benoit Cosnefroy (France)
11Michael Albasini (Switzerland)
12Sven Erik Bystrøm (Norway)
13Aleksandr Riabushenko (Belarus)
14Rui Oliveira (Portugal)
15Juraj Sagan (Slovakia)
16Sergei Chernetskii (Russian Federation)
17Dominik Neuman (Czech Republic)
18Alex Aranburu Deba (Spain)
19Patryk Stosz (Poland)
20Oliver Naesen (Belgium)
21Josip Rumac (Croatia)
22Roland Thalmann (Switzerland) 0:00:02
23Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)
24Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spain)
25Matthew Holmes (Great Britain)
26Oscar Riesebeek (Netherlands)
27Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
28Pieter Weening (Netherlands) 0:00:03
29Rui Costa (Portugal) 0:00:04
30Davide Cimolai (Italy)
31Daniel Turek (Czech Republic) 0:00:09
32Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukraine) 0:00:11
33Karl Patrick Lauk (Estonia)
34Nick Van der Lijke (Netherlands)
35Patrik Tybor (Slovakia)
36Anatolii Budiak (Ukraine) 0:00:12
37Fred Wright (Great Britain)
38Lucas Eriksson (Sweden) 0:00:13
39Artem Nych (Russian Federation)
40Diego Ulissi (Italy)
41Ruben Guerreiro (Portugal)
42Olivier Le Gac (France)
43Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spain)
44Szymon Rekita (Poland)
45Matteo Trentin (Italy) 0:00:14
46Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spain)
47Sebastian Schönberger (Austria)
48Igor Boev (Russian Federation)
49Giovanni Visconti (Italy)
50Joel Suter (Switzerland)
51Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands)
52Peeter Pruus (Estonia) 0:00:45
53Markus Hoelgaard (Norway) 0:01:03
54Thomas Boudat (France) 0:01:10
55Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain) 0:01:17
56Emils Liepins (Latvia)
57Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium) 0:01:51
58Claudio Imhof (Switzerland) 0:03:27
59Johan Jacobs (Switzerland)
60Ivo Oliveira (Portugal) 0:03:28
61Daniel Auer (Austria) 0:05:25
62Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece) 0:05:31
63Viesturs Luksevics (Latvia)
64Cyril Gautier (France)
65Andrej Petrovski (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
66Anthony Roux (France)
67Michael Kukrle (Czech Republic)
68Marek Čanecky (Slovakia)
69Jannik Steimle (Germany)
70Dmitrii Strakhov (Russian Federation)
71Stephan Rabitsch (Austria)
72Juri Hollmann (Germany)
73Erik Nordsaeter Resell (Norway)
74Emil Dima (Romania)
75Oleksandr Holovash (Ukraine) 0:05:32
76Martin Laas (Estonia)
77David Van der Poel (Netherlands) 0:05:33
78Scott Thwaites (Great Britain)
79Edoardo Affini (Italy) 0:06:16
80Rafael Silva (Portugal) 0:08:26
81Gašper Katrašnik (Slovenia) 0:08:27
82Fabian Lienhard (Switzerland)
83Kim Magnusson (Sweden)
84Lilian Calmejane (France)
85Norman Vahtra (Estonia)
86Jan Petelin (Luxembourg)
87Rafael Reis (Portugal)
88Nico Denz (Germany)
89Koen De Kort (Netherlands)
90Victor Campenaerts (Belgium) 0:08:28
91Petr Rikunov (Russian Federation) 0:09:37
92Venantas Lašinis (Lithuania)
93Jan Bárta (Czech Republic)
94Jan Andrej Cully (Slovakia)
95Tom Bohli (Switzerland) 0:09:38
96Andrii Kulyk (Ukraine)
97Martin Haring (Slovakia)
98Ethan Hayter (Great Britain) 0:09:39
99Julius Van den Berg (Netherlands)
100Otto Vergaerde (Belgium) 0:14:32
DNSJean-Pierre Drucker (Luxembourg)
DNSPatrick Gamper (Austria)
DNSEduard-Michael Grosu (Romania)
DNFErik Baska (Slovakia)
DNFAntoine Berlin (Monaco)
DNFPawel Bernas (Poland)
DNFManuele Boaro (Italy)
DNFMaris Bogdanovics (Latvia)
DNFPiotr Brozyna (Poland)
DNFGabriel Cullaigh (Great Britain)
DNFAlex Dowsett (Great Britain)
DNFTilen Finkšt (Slovenia)
DNFKévin Geniets (Luxembourg)
DNFDaniel Hoelgaard (Norway)
DNFReto Hollenstein (Switzerland)
DNFGert Joeäär (Estonia)
DNFVedad Karic (Bosnia Herzegovnia)
DNFPrzemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Poland)
DNFRok Korošec (Slovenia)
DNFAlexander Kristoff (Norway)
DNFMarko Kump (Slovenia)
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Russian Federation)
DNFVictor Langellotti (Monaco)
DNFKevin Ledanois (France)
DNFJuan Jose Lobato del Valle (Spain)
DNFLuis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spain)
DNFXandro Meurisse (Belgium)
DNFAndreas Miltiadis (Cyprus)
DNFMatej Mugerli (Slovenia)
DNFAksel Nõmmela (Estonia)
DNFMarko Pavlič (Slovenia)
DNFDavid Per (Slovenia)
DNFJasper Philipsen (Belgium)
DNFDusan Rajovic (Serbia)
DNFDiego Rubio Hernandez (Spain)
DNFŽiga Ručigaj (Slovenia)
DNFAndreas Schillinger (Germany)
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Germany)
DNFRüdiger Selig (Germany)
DNFAnders Skaarseth (Norway)
DNFRasmus Tiller (Norway)
DNFPetr Vakoč (Czech Republic)
DNFMatthew Walls (Great Britain)
DNFJustin Wolf (Germany)
DNFSyver Wærsted (Norway)

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