It was a brilliant week for the Italian national team at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. Italy won the most medals in Bergen, with seven – all in the junior categories. Elena Pirrone doubled up for the gold medals in the time trial and road race. In the junior men’s road race, Luca Rastelli and Michele Gazzoli won the minor medals, while Alessia Vigilia won silver in the junior women’s time trial and Letizia Paternoster bronze in the road race.
In the elite men’s road race, Italy was one of the dominant teams marking all the moves when the morning breakaway came back, with Alessandro De Marchi going in the break with a few laps to go, Gianni Moscon bridging across when Julian Alaphilippe launched a stinging attack on the final climb of Salmon Hill, and Alberto Bettiol leading out Matteo Trentin, who came close to his first world championships podium finish in a head-to-head sprint with some of the world’s fastest sprinters.
Trentin showed form in his preparation for the worlds after bagging five wins in the last month (four stages at La Vuelta a España and the Primus Classic). He was less than satisfied with missing out in the sprint: “I had the legs to go for bronze against Matthews, so missing out is hard to take. I’ve got to improve even more.”
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