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Claudio Rusconi | S2 Highlights

National Championships ITT - Italy. I'm impressed. Look at the distance and profile. I'll be out of time limit today! Finistre and Sestriere - crap!


Okayyyyy... I guess?


Here we go!


Let's count that loud - one!




That was Finistre!


I did catch up Moscon somehow.


It's over! I don't think I could ride that better. That was really hard but entertaining.


Top 15:
1Damiano CarusoBahrain - Merida1h49'25
2Vincenzo NibaliBahrain - Merida+ 1'07
3Pierpaolo FicaraAmore & Vita - Prodir+ 4'45
4Fabio AruUAE Team Emirates+ 5'01
5Fabio FellineTrek - Segafredo+ 5'14
6Valerio ContiUAE Team Emirates+ 5'20
7Simone PetilliUAE Team Emirates+ 6'01
8Diego UlissiUAE Team Emirates+ 6'11
9Filippo FiorelliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè+ 6'43
10Gianni MosconTeam INEOS+ 6'54
11Giovanni ViscontiNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM+ 7'01
12Davide FormoloBORA - hansgrohe+ 7'31
13Filippo ZaccantiNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè+ 7'32
14Edward RavasiUAE Team Emirates+ 7'33
15Giovanni CarboniBardiani CSF+ 7'52
29Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 10'04



National Road Championships - Italy. The route is like WC one. Really long, hard and it will be fun.

3 laps to go. Still in the front group.


2 laps to go - 25 riders in the front group.


Attacks right before the summit! Now on the downhill.


Last lap! Some riders are getting caught from last places.


15 km - current situation.


8.5 km to go.


Oh no! I crashed! It's over with fighting for the win that was still possible!



There is one issue with that. I was feeling great, I was still in the front group that was fighting for the national title. And I crashed on the descent.

Top 15:
1Davide FormoloBORA - hansgrohe7h58'54
2Elia VivianiDeceuninck - Quick-Steps.t.
3Gianni MosconTeam INEOSs.t.
4Mauro FinettoDelko Marseille Provences.t.
5Giovanni ViscontiNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
6Damiano CarusoBahrain - Meridas.t.
7Vincenzo NibaliBahrain - Meridas.t.
8Diego UlissiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
9Giulio CicconeTrek - Segafredo+ 1'31
10Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredos.t.
11Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
12Fabio AruUAE Team Emiratess.t.
13Davide BalleriniAstana Pro Teams.t.
14Valerio ContiUAE Team Emirates+ 3'16
15Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.

Now a little break. Still in form, but this classic isn't exactly where I can feel that I'm able to deliver. Yet the route is making me think that last few km might be interesting.


My goal for today is top 50. It's more than possible. With 24 km to go, the peloton is having only 42 riders.


12 km left - only 22 riders in the front group.


Oh my! It's yet another win! What a brilliant race in Brescia!


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior3h22'33
2Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
3Manuel BellettiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
4Dušan RajovicAdria Mobils.t.
5Fabian LienhardIAM Excelsiors.t.
6Riccardo StacchiottiGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
7David PerAdria Mobils.t.
8Marco FrapportiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
9Matteo RabottiniMeridiana Kamen Teams.t.
10Claudio ImhofAKROS - Thömuss.t.
11Stefan BisseggerSwiss Racing Academys.t.
12Josip RumacAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 1'10
13Davide RebellinMeridiana Kamen Teams.t.
14Jonas DöringAKROS - Thömuss.t.
15Eduardo Francesco FaresinZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
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It's time for two more classics before we come back to more stage racing. First of all, in Guatemala.


That race have some nasty looking climb we have to ride 4 times. Thankfully, last run is far from finish.

The front group splits after last attempt on that steep climb. I don't feel quite well today...


5 km to go!


Not today!


Top 15:
1Miguel Angel ReyesEPM3h35'09
2Juan Pablo SuarezGW - Shimanos.t.
3Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
4Juan Diego AlbaColdeportes Zenus.t.
5CĂ©sar Nicolas ParedesMedellins.t.
6Michal SchlegelElkov - Authors.t.
7Freddy Emir MontanaEPM+ 1'39
8Danny OsorioOrgullo Paisas.t.
9Diego MilanInteja Imca Ridea DCTs.t.
10Cayetano Jose SarmientoEPMs.t.
11Luis Miguel MartinezColdeportes Zenu+ 2'34
12Michael KukrleElkov - Authors.t.
13Janier AcevedoEPMs.t.
14Edward BeltranMedellins.t.
15Brayan Steven RamirezColdeportes Zenus.t.


Another interesting classic. First half of the race completely flat. Second half have a lot of hills. Last few kms are looking nasty. I'm really looking forward to see this up close!


Two more times we're going to ride here.


One more time. 22 riders in the front group.


5 km! I'm trying to setup a pace.


I successfully dropped everyone except one guy! Will I catch him?


Not really. He attacked at the perfect moment. Well played to him.


Top 15:
1Mattia CattaneoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec4h47'26
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 20
3Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
4Fabian LienhardIAM Excelsiors.t.
5Ziga GroseljAdria Mobils.t.
6Luca SterbiniGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
7Lorenzo DelcoBiesse Carreras.t.
8Cyrille ThièrySwiss Racing Academys.t.
9Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
10Emanuele OnestiGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
11Radoslav RoginaAdria Mobils.t.
12Biniyam GhirmayUCI World Cycling Centre Mens Teams.t.
13Matteo RabottiniMeridiana Kamen Teams.t.
14Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
15Alberto GiuriatoCycling Team Friulis.t.

We continue this season with two more stage races. This one is another U23 race with 3 mountain stages and 2 flat that might end with a chance for a victory for me. I'm not saying anything, but I expect another full retard mode and grab at least 3 stage wins here!


First stage is flat, but with those difficulties throughout the stage I can smell a little chance for me.

Let's see how many I can drop on 3rd category climb.


Well, not many I dropped on that climb. Another chance on 2nd category.


No! Another crash...


I'm 2 minutes down due to that crash now.


I'm exhausted, but I did catch the front group.


Top 15:
1Alessandro CoviTeam Colpack4h05'34
2Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
3Andrea BagioliTeam Colpacks.t.
4Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
5Marco CecchiniSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
6Samuele ZambelliIseo Serrature - Rime - Carnovalis.t.
7Gregorio FerriZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
8Davide BaisCycling Team Friulis.t.
9Yakob DebesayEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJs.t.
10Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friulis.t.
11Henri VandenabeeleLotto Soudal U23s.t.
12Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
13Filippo ZanaSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
14Alberto GiuriatoCycling Team Friulis.t.
15Roger AdriáEquipo Lizartes.t.
22Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.

First mountain stage. I'll make them feel the pain. Oh, I will.


One climb!


3.5 km to finish 2nd climb!


Only 17 riders start the final climb for today!


Not many survived that...


5 km to go.


Someone was a bit faster.


Top 15:
1Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubeka4h21'03
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
3Andrea BagioliTeam Colpacks.t.
4Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friulis.t.
5Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 40
6Juan Fernando CalleCaja Rural - Seguros RGA Amateur+ 1'26
7Alberto GiuriatoCycling Team Friuli+ 2'06
8Davide BaisCycling Team Friuli+ 3'55
9Nicholas RinaldiIseo Serrature - Rime - Carnovalis.t.
10Cristian ScaroniEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJs.t.
11Filippo ConcaBiesse Carreras.t.
12Fabio MazzuccoSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 4'39
13Yakob DebesayEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJs.t.
14Alfonso PláCaja Rural - Seguros RGA Amateurs.t.
15Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.


Part two of making them cry! Just kidding. 2nd place in GC so I have to gain some time. Here we go.


Les Combes.


I decided to attack. Some breakaway riders caught - 10 km to go.


I'm dropping them. Alone in the front - 6.5 km.


I did it! What a stage win.


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior4h26'35
2Alberto GiuriatoCycling Team Friuli+ 1'46
3Michel PiccotBiesse Carreras.t.
4Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friulis.t.
5Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
6Cristian ScaroniEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJ+ 2'56
7Juan Fernando CalleCaja Rural - Seguros RGA Amateur+ 3'23
8Davide BaisCycling Team Friulis.t.
9Davide BottaTeam Colpacks.t.
10Filippo ConcaBiesse Carreras.t.
11Filippo ZanaSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 4'26
12Gabriele MoreniBiesse Carreras.t.
13Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
14MartĂ­ MarquezEquipo Lizartes.t.
15Andrea BagioliTeam Colpack+ 5'20
This stage is something like a break between monstrous mountain stages.


Top 2 riders in the race fighting for the stage win.


Top 15:
1Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubeka4h11'15
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
3Alessandro CoviTeam Colpacks.t.
4Samuele ZambelliIseo Serrature - Rime - Carnovalis.t.
5Loran CassaertLotto Soudal U23s.t.
6Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
7Thomas DenisVendée Us.t.
8Pau LlanerasCaja Rural - Seguros RGA Amateurs.t.
9Alessio AccoKometa U23s.t.
10Fabio MazzuccoSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
11Carlos RuizEquipo Lizartes.t.
12Tobias HornsteinTeam Auto Eder Bayerns.t.
13Martin LavricDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
14Luca MozzatoDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
15Mehdi El ChokriDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.

Last stage of the race. I now only need to play it safe. That's all.


And it's still 71 km to go.


35 km to go.


Only 10 riders were in the front group at the beginning of the final climb.

3 km - 2nd in GC S. Battistella decided to attack.


Fair play to him. But I won the race!


Top 15:
1Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubeka5h09'23
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 19
3Juan Fernando CalleCaja Rural - Seguros RGA Amateur+ 27
4Cristian ScaroniEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJ+ 1'01
5Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friulis.t.
6Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 1'16
7Filippo ConcaBiesse Carrera+ 3'29
8Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
9Davide BaisCycling Team Friulis.t.
10Alberto GiuriatoCycling Team Friuli+ 7'08
11Andrea BagioliTeam Colpack+ 7'26
12Giulio MasottoTeam Colpack+ 7'55
13Michel PiccotBiesse Carrera+ 9'26
14Mehdi El ChokriDimension Data for Qhubeka+ 11'28
15Devin ShorttCaja Rural - Seguros RGA Amateurs.t.

That was a really hard race for me. I won one stage and final GC but crashed twice and it hurts a bit. I'm happy with my results and performance. Another race will be harder since there is a TTT and only one mountain stage. See you there!

Final general classification:
1Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior22h13'38
2Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubeka+ 1'22
3Juan Fernando CalleCaja Rural - Seguros RGA Amateur+ 5'24
4Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friuli+ 5'26
5Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 6'34
6Cristian ScaroniEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJ+ 8'04
7Davide BaisCycling Team Friuli+ 10'59
8Filippo ConcaBiesse Carreras.t.
9Alberto GiuriatoCycling Team Friuli+ 11'06
10Andrea BagioliTeam Colpack+ 15'17
11Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubeka+ 20'35
12Fabio MazzuccoSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 22'19
13Michel PiccotBiesse Carrera+ 22'20
14Nicholas RinaldiIseo Serrature - Rime - Carnovali+ 26'09
15Davide BottaTeam Colpack+ 27'29
My calendar for the remaining months of the year.



We start another stage race with a TTT. 21 km long so it's dangerous for me. There is only one mountain stage and I don't think I can gain that much time there. My expectations? I'll lose around 1'45" here. Hope I'm wrong. But since there are some WT team. It can be more than 2 minutes.


Oh heck, we lost even 3 minutes.

Top 10:
1Mitchelton - SCOTT24'58
2Astana Pro Team+ 34
3Team Katusha Alpecins.t.
4Trek - Segafredo+ 47
5Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 56
6UAE Team Emirates+ 1'22
7Bahrain - Merida+ 1'24
8Swiss Racing Academy+ 1'48
9Bardiani CSF+ 1'55
10Adria Mobil+ 1'57
18Zalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 2'58


This stage is flat. Nothing dangerous and exciting so it ended in a mass sprint.


Top 15:
1Marco HallerTeam Katusha Alpecin4h02'56
2Luca PacioniNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
3Leonardo BonifazioSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
4Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
5Luka PibernikBahrain - Meridas.t.
6Luca MozzatoDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
7Edoardo AffiniMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
8Marco CanolaNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
9Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
10Vadim PronskiyAstana Pro Teams.t.
11Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
12Dmitry StrakhovTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
13Andrea PietrobonZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
14Marco FrapportiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
15Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.

This is the only stage that might change the GC. Problem is, that final climb isn't really hard. Steady average of 5.3%. So I decided to join an early break.


Well, it's over - 38 km to go.


Since I was in the breakaway for the most part of today's stage, I didn't have enough energy for final climb. Racing against WT teams is still a challenge.


Top 20:
1Damiano CarusoBahrain - Merida4h11'30
2Mattia CattaneoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 19
3Esteban ChávesMitchelton - SCOTT+ 1'28
4Dayer QuintanaNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM+ 1'47
5Antonio NibaliBahrain - Meridas.t.
6Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friulis.t.
7Filippo FiorelliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
8Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
9Fausto MasnadaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
10Jan PolancUAE Team Emiratess.t.
11Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
12Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
13Dario CataldoAstana Pro Teams.t.
14Tsgabu GrmayMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
15Giovanni ViscontiNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
16Peter StetinaTrek - Segafredo+ 2'18
17Vadim PronskiyAstana Pro Teams.t.
18Radoslav RoginaAdria Mobil+ 2'35
19Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 2'48
20Rodrigo ContrerasAstana Pro Team+ 3'21


Another flat stage.


Top 15:
1Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTT4h26'41
2Luca PacioniNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
3Damiano CarusoBahrain - Meridas.t.
4Leonardo BonifazioSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
5Marco CanolaNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
6Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
7Reto HollensteinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
8Fausto MasnadaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
9Matteo SpreaficoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
10Domen NovakBahrain - Meridas.t.
11Luca MozzatoDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
12Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
13Mattia CattaneoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
14Esteban ChávesMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
15Harry TanfieldTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
22Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.


We end this race with flat stage again. Even with those difficulties at the start, there is no way general classification will change.

I decided either way to go in the break again. I have nothing to lose now.


We were caught with 13 km to go.


Top 15:
1Luca PacioniNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM3h33'16
2Luka PibernikBahrain - Meridas.t.
3Marco HallerTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
4Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
5Leonardo BonifazioSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
6Marco CanolaNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
7Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Teams.t.
8Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredos.t.
9Valerio AgnoliBahrain - Meridas.t.
10Josip RumacAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
11Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
12Esteban ChávesMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
13Damiano CarusoBahrain - Meridas.t.
14Luca MozzatoDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
15Peter StetinaTrek - Segafredos.t.

It wasn't my best race. Maybe if not for that TTT... Maybe.

Final general classification:
1Mattia CattaneoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec16h40'30
2Damiano CarusoBahrain - Merida+ 1
3Esteban ChávesMitchelton - SCOTT+ 15
4Tsgabu GrmayMitchelton - SCOTT+ 38
5Magnus Cort NielsenAstana Pro Team+ 1'12
6Dario CataldoAstana Pro Team+ 1'16
7Toms SkujinsTrek - Segafredo+ 1'25
8Fausto MasnadaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 1'34
9Vadim PronskiyAstana Pro Team+ 1'45
10Peter StetinaTrek - Segafredo+ 1'56
11Jan PolancUAE Team Emirates+ 2'02
12Antonio NibaliBahrain - Meridas.t.
13Dion SmithMitchelton - SCOTT+ 2'38
14Filippo FiorelliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè+ 2'42
15Rodrigo ContrerasAstana Pro Team+ 2'46
27Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 4'35

We are in this moment of the year when there are almost only one day races until the end of the season. Most of them are hilly, so we will how things will go for me.

We start with with GP Kranj. Last two climbs are the most important. Everything might decide right there.

First time attacking Favaro - 6.2 km / 5.4% average.


Second attempt! 14 km to go.


Time to make the move!


There are still some riders in the group.


Decent result. I'm satisfied with it.


Top 15:
1Kristoffer SkjerpingUno-X Norwegian Development Team4h45'15
2Markus HoelgaardUno-X Norwegian Development Teams.t.
3Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
4Pawel CieslikWibatech Merx 7Rs.t.
5Rory TownsendCanyon DHB p/b Bloor Homess.t.
6Christoffer LissonBHS - Almeborg-Bornholms.t.
7Leigh HowardPro Racing Sunshine Coasts.t.
8Ian BibbyMadison Genesiss.t.
9Aleksejs SaramotinsInterpro Cycling Academys.t.
10Michal SchlegelElkov - Authors.t.
11Vicente Garcia De MateosLudofoods Louletano Aviludos.t.
12Daniel PearsonCanyon DHB p/b Bloor Homess.t.
13Emanuel DuarteLA Aluminioss.t.
14Dominik NeumannElkov - Authors.t.
15Laurent EvrardMeridiana Kamen Teams.t.


One of the last U23 races this year. Another hilly one. Route isn't really hard in second half so I expect a finish from smaller peloton.

I didn't expect the route to be that selective - 40 km to go. This is what was left.


30 km to go. This is really interesting. I'm riding at the front for almost all the time. I want to see more carnage than it is now!


20 km left!


Getting closer.


If only I was a bit faster. I might then had a chance at the finish.


Top 15:
1Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubeka4h31'17
2Viktor VerschaeveLotto Soudal U23s.t.
3Filippo ZanaSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
4Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
5Fabio MazzuccoSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
6Attila ValterCCC Development Teams.t.
7Sylvain MoniquetWallonie-Bruxelles Development Team+ 3'23
8Matteo SobreroDimension Data for Qhubeka+ 3'51
9Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
10Andrea BagioliTeam Colpack+ 4'13
11Marvin TassetWallonie-Bruxelles Development Teams.t.
12Andrea PietrobonZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
13Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friulis.t.
14Aldo CaiatiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
15Marco CecchiniSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 6'34
Claudio hitting some good form of late Smile

Another U23 race. Flat access to an interesting round. Finish is on the top of the short climb. Small group of riders should fight for the win.

33 km to go. Still a lot of riders in the front group.


Only 10 more!


2 km!


Yes! What a fantastic victory! I started my final push a bit late, but knowing how hard the final 500m are, it was a perfect time for sprint.


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior4h54'44
2Samuele BattistellaDimension Data for Qhubeka+ 14
3Viktor VerschaeveLotto Soudal U23s.t.
4Yakob DebesayEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJs.t.
5Filippo ZanaSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
6Nicolas ProdhommeChambéry Cyclisme Formations.t.
7Simon GuglielmiEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJ+ 45
8Kevin InkelaarEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJ+ 1'16
9Aloïs CharrinChambéry Cyclisme Formations.t.
10Cristian ScaroniEquipe Continentale Groupama - FDJs.t.
11Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubeka+ 2'26
12Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 4'42
13Ilan Van WilderLotto Soudal U23+ 4'51
14Fabio MazzuccoSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
15Davide BottaTeam Colpacks.t.
Another fine win Wink
sutty68 wrote:
Another fine win Wink

Yes indeed! I'm currently in a very good form.


One of the two flat classics remaining to the end of the season. It should ends with a mass sprint, even with those not fully flat rounds.

In the races like that there is always a possibility a breakaway can win it. Yes, they won it.


Top 20:
1David RodriguesRadio Popular Boavista4h13'15
2Antoine RaugelChambéry Cyclisme Formations.t.
3Aaron KearneyEvoPro Racings.t.
4Pedro PaulinhoEfapels.t.
5Nacer BouhanniCofidis, Solutions Crédits+ 48
6Sam BassettiElevate - KHS Pro Cyclings.t.
7Jonas VangenechtenVital Concept - B&B Hotelss.t.
8Anthony PerezCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
9André GreipelTeam Arkéa - Samsics.t.
10Gabriel CullaighTeam Wigginss.t.
11Eduard GrosuDelko Marseille Provences.t.
12Louis BendixenTeam Coops.t.
13Julien AntomarchiNatura4ever - Roubaix Lille Metropoles.t.
14KĂ©vin Le CunffSt Michel - Auber 93s.t.
15Pierre RollandVital Concept - B&B Hotelss.t.
16Niklas LarsenTeam ColoQuicks.t.
17Romain CombaudDelko Marseille Provences.t.
18Anthony DelaplaceTeam Arkéa - Samsics.t.
19Morten HulgaardTeam ColoQuicks.t.
20Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.


Again a hilly classic. This time with a short climb to the finish. I need to be well placed at the bottom if I want to fight for decent result.

Less than 5 km to the finish.


Here we go!


How close it actually was! Incredible!


Top 15:
1Tobias FossUno-X Norwegian Development Team5h13'47
2JĂłni BrandĂŁoEfapels.t.
3Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
4Daniel DiazEquipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocitos.t.
5Daniel PearsonCanyon DHB p/b Bloor Homess.t.
6Max StedmanCanyon DHB p/b Bloor Homess.t.
7Patrick SchellingTeam Vorarlberg Santics.t.
8José Manuel DíazTeam Vorarlberg Santics.t.
9Sam CromeTeam UKYOs.t.
10Joao BentaRadio Popular Boavistas.t.
11Robbie HuckerTeam UKYOs.t.
12Christian MontoyaMedellins.t.
13Branislau SamoilauMinsk Cycling Clubs.t.
14Fabio DuarteMedellin+ 24
15Fabricio FerrariEfapels.t.

Almost last stage race this year. Not fully flat, but I don't expect to finish this on the high note.


TTT to open this race. My team isn't the best in that category so we need to hope we won't lost that much time here.

14th place out of 18 teams - I did even "gain" another 2 seconds to my time. So I'm at +1'44" now.


Top 10:
1Swiss Racing Academy22'07
2AKROS - Thömus+ 19
3IAM Excelsior+ 21
4Team Colpack+ 23
5Sangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 34
6Biesse Carrera+ 45
7Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM+ 50
8Cycling Team Friuli+ 59
9Meridiana Kamen Team+ 1'05
10Iseo Serrature - Rime - Carnovali+ 1'18
14Zalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 1'42


Completely flat stage. Nothing special happened. Let's see the results.

I started my sprint a bit too late sadly.


Top 15:
1Fabian LienhardIAM Excelsior3h41'06
2Riccardo StacchiottiGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
3Marko KumpAdria Mobils.t.
4Stefan BisseggerSwiss Racing Academys.t.
5Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
6Nico SelenatiAKROS - Thömuss.t.
7Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
8Tommaso FiaschiTeam Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenzes.t.
9Henok MulubrhanUCI World Cycling Centre Mens Teams.t.
10Laurent EvrardMeridiana Kamen Teams.t.
11Marco NegrenteZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
12Toni SrbicMeridiana Kamen Teams.t.
13Emanuele OnestiGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.
14Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friulis.t.
15Federico ZurloGiotti Victoria - Palomars.t.

The only stage where the GC will change. And this is my last serious mountain stage this year. I want to finish this on the high note. It's the only way I can gain some time in this race. Especially when the team wants from me to win the whole race! I have to gain around 2 minutes at the finish! Oh my...

We start the final climb! 15 km long, average of 8.5%.


10 km to go.


Less than 5 km. I can't see how I can gain 2 minutes in that distance. Especially if there is someone in front of me.


It wasn't enough to catch my fellow Italian! I did gain much more than 2 minutes to other riders, but I won't win this race.


Top 15:
1Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friuli4h17'40
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 18
3Laurent EvrardMeridiana Kamen Team+ 4'49
4Lukas RueggSwiss Racing Academy+ 6'01
5Claudio ImhofAKROS - Thömus+ 6'33
6Fabian LienhardIAM Excelsior+ 6'43
7Michel PiccotBiesse Carrera+ 6'56
8Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 7'48
9Alberto AmiciBiesse Carrera+ 8'01
10Henok MulubrhanUCI World Cycling Centre Mens Team+ 8'17
11Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 9'02
12Ziga GroseljAdria Mobils.t.
13Gabriele MoreniBiesse Carrera+ 9'59
14Cyrille ThièrySwiss Racing Academy+ 10'16
15Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.


Last stage isn't fully flat, but I don't expect much to happen. It should be a mass sprint here. Should.

Very good sprint. Not a podium place, but good enough.


Top 15:
1Riccardo StacchiottiGiotti Victoria - Palomar4h03'57
2Stefan BisseggerSwiss Racing Academys.t.
3Luca PacioniNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
4Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
5Marko KumpAdria Mobils.t.
6Samuele ZambelliIseo Serrature - Rime - Carnovalis.t.
7Davide GabburoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
8Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friulis.t.
9Lukas RueggSwiss Racing Academys.t.
10Nico SelenatiAKROS - Thömuss.t.
11Tommaso FiaschiTeam Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenzes.t.
12Henok MulubrhanUCI World Cycling Centre Mens Teams.t.
13Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
14Natnael TesfatsionDimension Data for Qhubekas.t.
15Matteo DonegĂ Cycling Team Friulis.t.

My team really wanted and expected that I could win this race. I didn't. I'm personally satisfied with 2nd place in final GC. Someone was just better than me.

Final general classification:
1Giovanni AleottiCycling Team Friuli12h25'39
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior+ 1'07
3Laurent EvrardMeridiana Kamen Team+ 5'02
4Lukas RueggSwiss Racing Academy+ 5'12
5Claudio ImhofAKROS - Thömus+ 6'03
6Fabian LienhardIAM Excelsior+ 6'08
7Michel PiccotBiesse Carrera+ 6'52
8Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 7'33
9Alberto AmiciBiesse Carrera+ 8'02
10Paolo TotòSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kvis+ 8'50
11Henok MulubrhanUCI World Cycling Centre Mens Team+ 9'08
12Cyrille ThièrySwiss Racing Academy+ 9'27
13Ziga GroseljAdria Mobil+ 9'38
14Gabriele MoreniBiesse Carrera+ 9'55
15Alberto GiuriatoCycling Team Friuli+ 10'46

That will be interesting. I never rode a single race on cobbles in my life. But I decided to give it a try right now. I'm close of finishing my first year as a cyclist, so I want to check how it is looking like. Who knows? Maybe I'll find my second speciality?

The situation is rather weird. Am I the strongest rider here? There are still 124 more kms.


110 km - it's all back together.


78 km to go - no one wants to ride. No one!


24 km to go! And I'm almost out of energy. How hard can it be?


6.5 km.


I'm seriously really exhausted. This was an incredible race. I finished 2nd which is amazing. I'm just sad no one wanted to work. That's probably the reason I lost the race. Due to lack of cooperation.


Top 15:
1Toon AertsTelenet Fidea Lions4h42'57
2Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
3Søren WærenskjoldJoker Fuel of Norways.t.
4Julius JohansenTeam ColoQuicks.t.
5Martin Toft MadsenBHS - Almeborg-Bornholm+ 1'02
6Syver WaerstedUno-X Norwegian Development Teams.t.
7Marijn Van Den BergMetec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantels.t.
8Hayden McCormickTeam BridgeLanes.t.
9Olav HjemsaeterTeam Coops.t.
10Christian MobergTeam ColoQuicks.t.
11Anders SkaarsethUno-X Norwegian Development Teams.t.
12Andreas VangstadJoker Fuel of Norway+ 2'02
13Daniel ArnesJoker Fuel of Norways.t.
14Steele Von HoffTeam BridgeLanes.t.
15Erik Nordsaeter ResellUno-X Norwegian Development Teams.t.
Enjoyed catching up with this! Looking forward to more updates, keep it up.
Timmsoski wrote:
Enjoyed catching up with this! Looking forward to more updates, keep it up.

Thanks! Glad to read that. I actually have a lot to share from this career already Wink


We now starts a series of 1.1 classics. What is most important, with many WT teams. Pressure is high as I want to deliver big time. First occasion is now. Difficulties are too far from the finish to make the difference. It should end with a finish from smaller group. But not too small.

Situation at the top of the final climb - 23 km to go.


10 km - current situation.


Just at the outside of the top 10. I was completely out, but I'm happy with how the race went. Racing against WT riders is much more challening than I thought.


Top 15:
1Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTT4h47'28
2Diego UlissiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
3Damiano CarusoBahrain - Meridas.t.
4Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
5Omar FraileAstana Pro Teams.t.
6José GonçalvesTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
7Mads PedersenTrek - Segafredos.t.
8Sergio Luis HenaoUAE Team Emiratess.t.
9Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredos.t.
10Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè+ 1'18
11Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
12Matteo MoschettiTrek - Segafredos.t.
13Luis León SánchezAstana Pro Teams.t.
14Andrey ZeitsAstana Pro Teams.t.
15Fausto MasnadaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.


Another classic. A bit easier than the previous one, but still I have to be careful.

14 km to go - 32 riders in the front group.


3 km left.


I'm satisfied with that results. Every top 10 in those harder classics is good thing. Especially when 1.HC racing are coming too!


Top 15:
1Ivan Garcia CortinaBahrain - Merida5h10'49
2Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredos.t.
3Merhawi KudusAstana Pro Teams.t.
4Michael AlbasiniMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
5Diego UlissiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
6Giovanni ViscontiNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
7Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
8Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermec+ 23
9Nathan HaasTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
10Edoardo AffiniMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
11Mattia CattaneoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
12Simone VelascoNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
13Jan HirtAstana Pro Teams.t.
14Luka MezgecMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
15Brent BookwalterMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.

Even tho it's hilly again, all the hard parts are again too far from the finish to make an impact. It might ends with another almost mass sprint.

Like I thought, mass sprint!


Top 20:
1Omar FraileAstana Pro Team4h44'43
2Andrea VendrameAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
3Diego UlissiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
4Ivan Garcia CortinaBahrain - Meridas.t.
5Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredos.t.
6Jan PolancUAE Team Emiratess.t.
7Nicola ConciTrek - Segafredos.t.
8Luis León SánchezAstana Pro Teams.t.
9Alexandr RiabushenkoUAE Team Emiratess.t.
10Merhawi KudusAstana Pro Teams.t.
11Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
12Ruben GuerreiroTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
13Esteban ChávesMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
14Enrico BattaglinTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
15Andrey ZeitsAstana Pro Teams.t.
16Christopher Juul JensenMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
17Manuele BoaroAstana Pro Teams.t.
18Nikita StalnovAstana Pro Teams.t.
19Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
20Mattia BaisAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.


Last 1.1 race this year and again it isn't that hard. With no attacks it should finish from the smaller group.

It is more challenging than I thought. 46 riders in the front group with 30 km to go.


One more lap - 29 riders - 17 km left.


Decent sprint. Barely in the top 10.


Top 15:
1Matteo MoschettiTrek - Segafredo3h58'18
2Ivan Garcia CortinaBahrain - Meridas.t.
3Gianluca BrambillaTrek - Segafredos.t.
4Diego UlissiUAE Team Emiratess.t.
5Jan TratnikBahrain - Meridas.t.
6Gorka IzagirreAstana Pro Teams.t.
7Giovanni ViscontiNeri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTMs.t.
8José GonçalvesTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
9Enrico BarbinBardiani CSFs.t.
10Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fiors.t.
11Nicola BagioliNIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanès.t.
12Ruben GuerreiroTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.
13Fausto MasnadaAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
14Nicola ConciTrek - Segafredos.t.
15Lucas HamiltonMitchelton - SCOTTs.t.
Avenged top10 finish against Bagioli Wink
df_Trek wrote:
Avenged top10 finish against Bagioli Wink

Yep! I'm not that fast though Wink


Another U23 race. Almost last. Since this is a junior race I might have a chance for really decent finish.

10 km to go. Peloton is still big.


7 km - it's looking interesting.


Still 4 km! Can I win it?


I can't believe it! Another brilliant win in U23 race!


Top 15:
1Claudio RusconiZalf Euromobil Desirèe Fior4h16'22
2Niklas MärklDevelopment Team Sunwebs.t.
3Valentin TabellionVendée Us.t.
4Jarne Van de PaarLotto Soudal U23s.t.
5Jensen PlowrightDrapac-Cannondale Holistic Development Teams.t.
6Stanislaw AniolkowskiCCC Development Teams.t.
7Jérémy MontaubanChambéry Cyclisme Formations.t.
8Raul RotaEquipo Lizartes.t.
9Aloïs CharrinChambéry Cyclisme Formations.t.
10Ken ConterChambéry Cyclisme Formations.t.
11Jarno MobachDevelopment Team Sunwebs.t.
12Sander De PestelLotto Soudal U23s.t.
13Viktor VerschaeveLotto Soudal U23s.t.
14Gianni PugiSangemini - Trevigiani - MG.Kviss.t.
15Marius MayrhoferDevelopment Team Sunwebs.t.
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