Moschetti shines on ZLM Tour with Italy
Goes-Goes (178 km)
Competing with the Italian national team, the Polartec-Kometa sprinter Matteo Moschetti won the 23rd edition of the Dutch ZLM Tour on Saturday, the fourth round of the UCI U23 Nations Cup, a start and finish in the town of Goes and a 178-kilometre course that was not so affected by the wind this year.
The Lombard cyclist has imposed his top speed in the volata that with many uncertainties has solved the test, beating the Belgian Sacha Weemaes and the German Max Kanter. Moschetti did a good job with the Italian and Danish teams in the last few kilometres, when the main pack and a trio of escaped runners kept up a frantic pace.
After a day of very high pace and not a few falls, a solid breakaway would not take place until Vlissingen, less than 90 kilometres from the end. The Swiss Stefan Bissenger, the Slovenian Jon Bozic and the Frenchman Guillaume Millaseau all stood out and managed to break the race with two and a half minutes of margin over a main group in which Germany took the reins to avoid further concessions of time.
The trio, relayed, well received, emerged with a tough stumbling block for an easy neutralization. 20 kilometres from the end his lead was two minutes and close to the minute within the last ten. At five kilometres away, the half-minute was an invitation to believe in the success of the breakaway. The squad, which had a very strong start, with Italy on top of Matteo’s options, lost units quickly as a result of several crashes and consequent cuts. In one of these falls, about eight kilometres from the end, the Polaterc-Kometa Diego Pablo Sevilla rider was involved. Also on the ground was Manuel Peñalver, the fast man from the Spanish national team.
The main platoon ended up hunting. And it was Moschetti’s turn. The victory in the ZLM Tour is the seventh victory of the season for the transalpine rider, whose jump to the WorldTour has been confirmed for the next two years by the Trek-Segafredo Racing Team at the end of March. The Spaniard Isaac Cantón, another of the team’s representatives in the race, was cut off in a second group, more than two minutes from the winner.
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