Race: 70th Coppa Agostoni – Giro delle Brianze
Start/Finish: Lissone / Lissone, Italy
Distance: 199 kilometers
Lissone, Italy – Friday’s Coppa Agostoni got off to an energetic start, with a 13-man pulling away early in the race and establishing a maximum gap of nearly 6:00. But once again, the Italian national team was determined to keep the break from sticking, and chipped away at the group’s advantage until the gap was down to 1:30 by the time the riders riders reached the climb at Lissolo.
“The circuit was hard,” said Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Massimo Podenzana, “and included three short, but very steep climbs. But there was also a lot of rain added to the mix, which made it very challenging. Our guys fought hard from the beginning, but unfortunately they couldn’t make it happen.”
The final 6 breakaway riders were reeled at the 8km mark, setting the stage for an elite group of approximately 35 riders– which include Team Novo Nordisk rider David Lozano– to battle it out in the bunch sprint.
“Lozano was very strong,” Podenzana said, “but was unable to out sprint the other riders.”