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Circuits of attrition take their toll at GP Citta di Lugano

Head Sports Director Massimo Podenzana:

“It was great for us to come back to GP Lugano, it’s still a hard race! But one that we enjoy taking part in and for the guys who haven’t raced here before, it’s been a good experience for them.”

“We knew how it was going to go, so there are no surprises with how it unfolded. The bunch never makes it to the finish here intact and historically David has always been our strongest performer here, and he showed that again today. Less than half the field finishes this race, so David did really well.”

David Lozano:

“I remember a lot from this race, especially how hard the circuits are! After a while, you really start to feel the course in your legs and I just tried to stay up there as long as possible and follow the main protagonists.”

“Even when the break went away, the pace didn’t really let up because the peloton didn’t want to let the gap go out much further than a minute and the on the descent everyone was going full gas trying to get back in.

“With two laps to go I started to cramp really badly and then I made the mistake of drinking a bit too much, but I got through it and it’s a really good feeling to have finished.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: PELLAUD SFIORA IL PODIO AL GRAN PREMIO DI LUGANO

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ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: PELLAUD TOUCHES THE PODIUM AT THE GRAND PRIX IN LUGANO

Good performance by Simon Pellaud (Bettiniphoto) at the Grand Prix Lugano (Uci 1.1), held today over a distance of 184 kilometers. The Swiss, already second in the national championship, was a great protagonist of the Ticino race, finishing fourth after entering in the action that decided everything about twenty kilometers from the end. With Pellaud attacking Moscon, Hermans and Conti. The four immediately made the difference, obtaining an important gap with the pursuers. Five kilometers from the end, then, the decisive attack by Moscon, which allowed the Trentino to reach the finish line all alone with a few seconds of margin over Conti, Hermans and Pellaud (32”). First pursuers of the quartet Ulissi and Velasco. In the bunch of the best, among the top-20, also the other Androni Giocattoli Sidermec Mattia Bais. In the first part of the race, Filippo Tagliani also showed up in the breakaway.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Smith bags top-10 finish with seventh at GP Lugano – Team BikeExchange

New Zealander Dion Smith was the top finisher for Team BikeExchange at the Gran Premio Città di Lugano, sprinting to seventh place behind the winning break in Switzerland.

Hungarian Barnabás Peák made it into the early breakaway and was the last man standing from the original move after following an attack from Fabio Aru who had bridged across from the peloton.

It was eventually all back together as the reduced bunch raced across the line for two laps to go, but despite several attacks over the course of the penultimate circuit, the peloton remained intact as the bell rang for the final loop.

Four riders then attacked clear in what proved to be the decisive move, with Andrey Zeits and Smith amongst the numerous chasing groups spread across the road. In the end it was Gianni Moscon who took the win with a late attack, while Smith crossed the line in seventh place.

Dion Smith:
“We had a small team to start, but there wasn’t much to do but sit and let the other WorldTour teams like UAE and Israel to do the work. It was a course that slowly wore you down and with the heat it made trying to save energy even more important.

We also had Barney in the break which took pressure off us. I couldn’t do much to follow the leading four guys on the climb on the last lap, but I came in not too far behind and I’m happy enough with a top-10.”

Gene Bates (Sport Director):
“Today was a very hard race in the end, mainly because of the heat. We saw temperatures above 32 degrees for most of the day, and on a circuit race like that it makes it a very hard race and we saw a lot of riders dropping out.

Our guys rode well, we had Barnabás in the break of the day and it was nice to have him up the road in case we needed him. In the end Dion was seventh and I think the guys delivered what they could today, and it was a good result for Dion.”

2021 Gran Premio Città di Lugano – Results:
1. Gianni Moson
2. Valerio Conti
3. Ben Hermans
7. Dion Smith (Team BikeExchange)

Photo Courtesy of Getty Sport.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC: C’È IL GRAN PREMIO DI LUGANO

Dopo la doppia top-10 al Giro dell’Appennino per l’Androni Giocattoli Sidermec domani in calendario c’è l’Axion Swiss Bank Gran Premio Città di Lugano. 179 i chilometri per la corsa elvetica (Uci 1.1). Al via ci saranno Mattia Bais, Alessandro Bisolti, Luca Chirico, Simon Pellaud, Janos Pelikan, Filippo Tagliani e Mattia Viel. Direttore sportivo Leonardo Canciani.

— Team Androni Sidermec to teamandronisidermec.com

Behringer happy with the chance to race on home soil at GP Lugano

Team Novo Nordisk head up to the shores of Lake Lugano in Switzerland at the weekend for a return appearance at the prestigious GP Citta di Lugano with home rider Oliver Behringer excited to make his debut in the one-day race.

The world’s first all diabetes team boast a solid history in the 40-year-old race with their best result coming back in 2015 with Javier Megias in 7th followed by back-to-back top 40 finishes by Spanish climber David Lozano in 2016 and 2017.

Lozano will be back on Sunday and leads a strong team with experienced Hungarian Peter Kusztor and Italian sprinter Andrea Peron both back in action.

“Racing at home is always special,” began Behringer. “I know a lot of guys that raced on those laps before and I always wanted to race there, too. I know this area a little bit from previous training camps in this area and it’s going to be a tough race. Being the only Swiss race we will do this year, I want it to be a good one for the team. One we will remember!”

This season is going well so far. I gained a lot of experience and had a good mix of racing and rest. I am sure that in the future this will help me to make another step forward. For now, I hope I can take profit from the race pace of all the previous races and take it as a last hard day before an easier period.”

Young Australian climber Sam Munday comes back into the team after a big block of training in Spain alongside Brit Sam Brand and versatile Italian Umberto Poli complete the line-up and after Joonas Henttala made history by winning the national championships in Finland on Sunday, the team will be carrying extra inspiration onto the lakeside roads.

“For sure this win gave everyone inspiration,” agreed Behringer. “We saw how quickly things can change. He hasn’t had his best season so far, but now we will only remember this win and rightly so. We will keep fighting to create more of these moments to remember.”

Following part of the traditional course from the first edition back in 1981 and part of the World Championships route from 1996, Sunday’s 180 kilometer parcours will be a tough war of attrition that usually whittles down the peloton to an elite bunch who go on to contest the final.

“We’re very happy to be returning to Switzerland for our fourth appearance at GP Citta di Lugano,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “It’s a great race that has been good to us in the past and it’s doubly exciting for us this year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin and also take to the start line with a home rider, Oliver Behringer.”

“After Joonas’ inspirational victory in the Finnish national championships on Sunday, we have renewed belief in the levels we can reach and what can be achieved by all people affected by diabetes around the world. GP Lugano is a hard race, but it is one that we know well, and we want to show ourselves at the weekend and try our best to be present at the business end of the race.”

Team Novo Nordisk at GP Citta di Lugano, Sunday 27th June:

Oliver Behringer (SUI, 25)

Sam Brand (GBR, 30)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 36)

David Lozano (ESP, 32)

Sam Munday (AUS, 23)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Umberto Poli (IT, 24)

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com