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Sport Bettiol produces inspired ride at Strade Bianche

12:05  02 august  2020
12:05  02 august  2020 Source:   cyclingnews.com

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a man riding a bike down a dirt road: SIENA ITALY AUGUST 01 Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team EF Pro Cycling Davide Formolo of Italy and UAE Team Emirates Gravel Strokes during the Eroica 14th Strade Bianche 2020 Men a 184km race from Siena to SienaPiazza del Campo StradeBianche on August 01 2020 in Siena Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images © Provided by Cycling News SIENA ITALY AUGUST 01 Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team EF Pro Cycling Davide Formolo of Italy and UAE Team Emirates Gravel Strokes during the Eroica 14th Strade Bianche 2020 Men a 184km race from Siena to SienaPiazza del Campo StradeBianche on August 01 2020 in Siena Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Alberto Bettiol raced generously in front of his local Tuscan fans at Strade Bianche but had few regrets after finishing fourth, proud to have animated his home race.

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Italian classic Strade Bianche was the first race to fall to cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for March 7, both men’s and women’s editions of the Tuscan race Strade Bianche is the first race of the revised UCI WorldTour calendars, which run to early November.

Bettiol hails from Castelfiorentino just 60km from Siena and so honed his racing skills on the steep county roads and dirt roads of Tuscany. Yet at Strade Bianche, he had always struggled to land a result, with two failures to finish leaving him disappointed.

On Saturday, an aggressive performance against the biggest and strongest Classics riders on the first WorldTour race of the rescheduled season was something to smile about for the EF Pro Cycling rider.

"It's cool to finish my home race and be up there in the action. We all want to respect the rules and stay but it was great to see fans out there this fourth place makes me happy and motivates me," he said, grateful for the encouragement and dowsing with water out on the dirt roads.

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To have won Strade Bianche at the age of only 25, with a cyclo-cross background is a huge And Wout Van Aert is about to ride beneath the Fontebranda Gate and onto the large paving slabs that Maximilian Schachmann, Alberto Bettiol and Davide Formolo are in pursuit of Wout Van Aert who is a

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“Today, the team did a really amazing job. We were focussed from kilometre zero. Everybody did what they were supposed to do and we raced as a team.

"I tried to play my cards in the final and tried to anticipate the moves and attack. It was really special for me because I was in front of my fans and racing in my region so I had a lot of people supporting me. At the end I got dropped by climbers on a climb so I have no regrets and I did my best. In the end this fourth place finish is great to restart the race season with."

EF Pro Cycling teammate and regular Strade Bianche strong performer Simon Clarke attacked on sector 8 of the Tuscan gravel, opening up the race. When the move of the formed soon after, Bettiol made sure he was there.

“After Monte Santa Marie there were only six of us in front and we didn’t talk but it was clear that we had to work together to grow the gap because there were some chasers behind," Bettiol explained, his surges and work on the front helping to ensure the move stay clear of the chasers.

"In the final, Greg Van Avermaet got dropped and then Fuglsang got dropped. I tried to catch Van Aert but he was really strong and was the strongest out there. This race is won by the strongest rider, and he was the strongest out there.

"Schachmann and Formolo dropped me and maybe I paid for my previous efforts but for me I have no regrets because I tried to win this race. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. We all did a really great job today."

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