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

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Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race UEC European Championships

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race UEC European Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Podium Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy Gold Medal European Champion Jersey Celebration during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)
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National Championship Italy 2020 - Men Road - Bassano del Grappa - Cittadella 253,8 km - 23/08/2020 - Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA - NTT Pro Cycling) - Davide Ballerini (ITA - Deceuninck - Quick Step) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2020

Giacomo Nizzolo won the Italian championships the week before becoming European champion (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Start Jasper Philipsen of Belgium Otto Vergaerde of Belgium Jasper Stuyven of Belgium Xandro Meurisse of Belgium Victor Campenaerts of Belgium Oliver Naesen of Belgium Sep Vanmarcke of Belgium Julius Van Den Berg of The Netherlands Edoardo Affini of Italy Davide Ballerini of Italy Davide Cimolai of Italy Matteo Trentin of Italy Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy Manuele Boaro of Italy Diego Ulissi of Italy Giovanni Visconti of Italy Peloton during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 - Men's Elite Road Race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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European Championships elite men's road race

European Championships elite men's road race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mathieu van der Poel was hoping to take another championship jersey

European Championships elite men's road race - Netherlands (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Greg van Avermaet seemed ready to lead Belgiium

European Championships elite men's road race - Belgium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The riders faced 13 laps of the Plouay circuit for a total of 177km

European Championships elite men's road race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Italian team are ready to roll

European Championships elite men's road race - Italy (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alexander Kristoff lead the Norway team

European Championships elite men's road race - Spain (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The elite men roll out from the start

European Championships elite men's road race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Start Otto Vergaerde of Belgium Sep Vanmarcke of Belgium Xandro Meurisse of Belgium Victor Campenaerts of Belgium Jasper Philipsen of Belgium during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 - Men's Elite Road Race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Start Matteo Trentin of Italy during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Matteo Trentin (Italy) 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 - Men's Elite Road Race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Start Victor Campenaerts of Belgium during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Victor Campenaerts (Belgium) at 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 - Men's Elite Road Race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Diego Ulissi of Italy Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy Cyril Gautier of France Davide Ballerini of Italy Oliver Naesen of Belgium during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The Italian team at the European Championships 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Andreas Miltiadis of Cyprus during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

The breakaway during the elite men's road race at the European Championships 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) at the elite men's road race at the European Championships 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) at the elite men's road race at the European Championships 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Pascal Ackermann of Germany during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Pascal Ackermann (Germany) at the elite men's road race at the European Championships 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) at the elite men's road race at the European Championships 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Giacomo Nizzolo Italy Davide Cassani ITA CT photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Diego Ulissi Italy Davide Cimolai Italy Giovanni Visconti Italy Matteo Trentin Italy Giacomo Nizzolo Italy Davide Ballerini Italy photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Giacomo Nizzolo Italy Davide Cassani ITA CT Marco Velo ITA CT photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Giacomo Nizzolo Italy photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Mathieu Van Der Poel Netherlands photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Mathieu van der Poel attacks at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Matteo Trentin ITA CCC Team photo Ilario BiondiBettiniPhoto2020

Matteo Trentin at the start of the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Mathieu Van Der Poel Netherlands Matteo Trentin Italy photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) attacks and Matteo Trentin (Italy) chases (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Matteo Trentin Italy photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Matteo Trentin (Italy) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Scenery photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

The elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Greg Van Avermaet Belgium photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Belgium team during the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Matteo Trentin Italy Sven Erik Bystrom Norway photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Matteo Trentin during the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Scenery Fans Remco Evenepoel photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Signs of support for an injured Remco Evenepoel (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Pascal Ackermann Germany photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Pascal Ackermann on the podium after the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2020 UEC Road European Championships Men Elite Road Race Plouay Plouay 17745 km 26082020 Giacomo Nizzolo Italy photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

Italy lined up and working for Giacomo Nizzolo during the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Podium Arnaud Demare of France Silver Medal Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy Gold Medal European Champion Jersey Pascal Ackermann of Germany Bronze medal Celebration during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Arrival Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy Celebration during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Arrival Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy Celebration during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)
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PLOUAY FRANCE AUGUST 26 Podium Giacomo Nizzolo of Italy Gold Medal European Champion Jersey Celebration during the 26th UEC Road European Championships 2020 Mens Elite a 17745km race from Plouay to Plouay UECcycling EuroRoad20 on August 26 2020 in Plouay France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy) wins the elite men's road race at the European Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)

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

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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