Matt Walls triumphs at Gran Piemonte
The Italian autumn classic, Gran Piemonte, returned with a different course compared to last year. The 168km from Rocca Canavese to Borgosesia featured no significant difficulties and favoured the fast men, resulting in a bunch sprint at the end of the day. Early on, a small breakaway group tried their luck in an escape, yet the peloton kept them on a short leash and their efforts went unrewarded in the end. Over the decisive final kilometres, BORA - hansgrohe positioned Matt Walls for the sprint, and on the home stretch, the British rider skilfully clung to Trentin's rear wheel, ultimately being able to pass his rivals shortly before the finish line to take his second win of the season.
01 M. Walls 3:34:47
02 G. Nizzolo +0:00
03 O. Kooij +0:00
From the Finish Line
“We knew there was a good chance that the race would end in a sprint and the guys supported me well all day and brought me into in a good position for the finale. So I still had the legs to take the win. It was treacherous after the last roundabout as everyone was trying to position themselves well. I was able to hang on to some good rear wheels to get through the corners well and then ended up in a good position for the sprint. This win really boosts my confidence and shows that I can get results not only on the track, but also on the road." - Matt Walls
“We didn't have a real lead-out today with Patrick Konrad not being at the start, and also because Ben Zwiehoff had to drop out due to illness. So there were only five of us. The other four guys did a super job and delivered Matt very well at the end. He was then able to find a strong position thanks to his track skills. He surfed the field and then latched onto the wheel of Trentin, who then rode a solid lead-out. Matt had very good legs, which enabled him to go one better than his rivals and produce a powerful sprint. In a field of very strong riders, this was a first class win for him. Overall, the race didn’t end up being too hard and it turned out how we anticipated, so we can be very pleased." - Jens Zemke, Sports Director