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DE MARCHI : THE SWEET REVENGE

Alessandro De Marchi wins in Italy’s Tre Valli Veresine 100 edition!

HEY, DEMA, HOW SWEET WAS THIS WIN?

Tre Valli Varesine 2021 -100th Edition – Busto Arsizio – Varese 196,7 km – 05/10/2021 – Alessandro De Marchi (ITA – Israel Start-Up Nation) – Davide Formolo (ITA – UAE Team Emirates) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

 

Alessandro De Marchi: “Very sweet, especially because so many people had written me off and said that I was finished.”

How can you not identify with this sentiment? And not only in sport. There is something special and universal about the feeling of proving the doubters wrong.

And our Italian Mr. Breakaway (sorry, Daniel Turek – we still adore you) is justified in this deep satisfaction. “What happened today was a bit of revenge. Showing everyone that I am not too old. That I still have what it takes,” he said. 

“Those were long months,” he said after his victory today. “I did everything possible to speed the recovery and try to be back to my best – and today it all came together, making it a SUPER day.”

It was not only that he won, but HOW he got there: from a super breakaway with big names like Pogacar and Uran. But Dema bridged to them on the ending hilly circuits (there were 14 altogether) and he proved the strongest when he attacked with the only guy that could stay with him, Formolo. In the end, he turned out to be the strongest of the two.

Tre Valli Varesine 2021 -100th Edition – Busto Arsizio – Varese 196,7 km – 05/10/2021 – Alessandro De Marchi (ITA – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

He thinks that the reason was his aggression; his winner mentality.

De Marchi: “With a day like that, you just have to be brave and to believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to show your cards on the table. Many guys today were thinking that it was time to be smart, don’t ride, don’t follow, don’t spend energy, but on this day, you just have to be courageous and believe in yourself.”

And he did not forget to thank the team “that believed in me and showed the patience.”

You are most welcome, Alessandro! 

#YallaISN

 

— Tsadok to israelcyclingacademy.com

De Marchi keeps pink – Cimolai sprints to 10th

Israel Start-Up Nation and Alessandro De Marchi had no problems keeping the pink leader’s jersey on the flat stage 5 of Giro d’Italia. Davide Cimolai finished in 10th place on the day.

Today’s stage was a historic day for ISN, riding in the leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour for the first time in the history of the team.

With a flat profile without a single KOM sprint, stage 5 was always going to be a day for the sprinters. Therefore, De Marchi also had plenty of time to enjoy his pink dream coming true with a relatively easy start to the stage.

Towards the end, the bunch became more stressed which resulted in a few bad crashes on the final kilometers. Luckily, the ISN guys stayed out of the trouble, keeping De Marchi and team leader Dan Martin safe towards the end. In the final sprint, Cimolai got in the mix but ended up being boxed in and had to settle for 10th place.

Looking at the general classification, De Marchi now enjoys a 42-second lead over second-place ahead of tomorrow’s difficult mountain stage to Ascoli Piceno (San Giacomo).

Alessandro De Marchi: “Today was a very emotional day for me. It was beautiful to ride in the peloton in the pink jersey and I got to enjoy an easy day for the first part of the stage. Towards the end, it got more hectic but we managed to stay out of trouble and finish the stage safely. Now, we look forward to tomorrow and see what we can do.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

De Marchi takes the pink jersey in Giro d’Italia!

  • “Never give up” pays off
  • The dream of every Italian cyclist – De Marchi takes lead in Giro d’Italia
  • Second on the stage, and first in GC

Never give up. Never give up. Alessandro De Marchi put his heart and soul into those words on stage 4 of Giro d’Italia, taking the pink leader’s jersey after an incredible performance.

“Last night, I looked at the GC and saw that I was still 12th overall. I joked with my sports director Claudio Cozzi that I would try to take the jersey tomorrow and look what happened!

“When the three riders got away on the descent and quickly opened up a big gap, I thought that it might be over. But luckily, we started to take back time on them and at the bottom of the last climb, I knew that it would be possible to catch them. Dombrowski was very strong and I just did my best to stay close to him and secure the pink jersey. When I crossed the line, I still wasn’t sure if I had made it but then I saw my team coming to me smiling and I realized what had happened.

“It’s an incredible feeling. I have been waiting 10 years for this. To wear the pink jersey is the dream of every cyclist, especially the Italian riders. Now I just want to celebrate with my teammates and enjoy my day in pink tomorrow!”

He never gave up on the stage. He joined the break group. When the climbing started, he didn’t give up. When two others of the group broke off, he steadily and doggedly stayed in the chase. Even a puncture with 32 km to go didn’t discourage him.

He didn’t give up when Dombrowski pulled away and went on to win the stage. Alessandro had his eye on the larger prize.

There were tears in his eyes as he proudly stood on the podium in his pink jersey – a childhood dream come true.

“You did an amazing, amazing ride. You are very deserving to wear the Maglia Rosa!” said proud team owner Sylvan Adams. “We are making history with our first leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour, – a spectacular achievement that I knew we could do.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

De Marchi takes third place and the KOM jersey

Israel Start-Up Nation finished off Tour of the Alps with an impressive team performance which saw Alessandro De Marchi take third place on the final stage as well as win the blue KOM jersey.

From the start of the day, the team tactic was clear: help De Marchi take back the king of the mountains jersey by getting first over the top of the first categorized climb. As said as done. The team took control of the stage right from the beginning, making sure no dangerous break got up the road without De Marchi in it.

On the first ascent, Dan Martin went to the front to set a furious pace, which left just a handful of riders – including De Marchi – on his wheel; and at the top of Passo Duran, De Marchi crossed the line first assuring he would win the KOM classification as long as he finished the stage.

However, De Marchi was interested in more than just making it to the finish line. When the front group split up on a descent, De Marchi was quick to react and follow the move, now eying a potential stage win.

Unfortunately, the peloton was never far behind and as the gap began to come down to under a minute, the riders at the front started attacking each other. Ultimately, Felix Großschartner (BORA – Hansgrohe) managed to get away to take the win, while De Marchi did well to finish third on the stage after a hectic chase. Simon Yates (BikeExchange) won the race overall with Martin in 15th place.

Alessandro De Marchi: “First of all, I must say thank you to the team and especially Dan Martin who really helped me today. After I took the KOM points, we started focusing on the stage win. Originally, I wanted to help Dan win the stage but, on a descent, the group split up and I was lucky I was in the right place to follow the move. On the final climb, Großschartner went away and I started chasing with Roche. Actually, I must also say thanks to Roche. The two of us really worked well together, even when the peloton was closing in on us. It was a great collaboration. In general, it was a great day. We took back the KOM jersey and made podium at the end. I think we can be happy with this week of racing.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

De Marchi on the attack to take back the KOM jersey

Israel Start-Up Nation was in the mix again on stage 3 of Tour of the Alps with Alessandro De Marchi putting on an impressive performance to take fifth place on the stage and gain back the blue KOM jersey.

Already before the start of the stage, De Marchi had indicated that he was eager to get up the road and fight for the stage win today. The strong Italian put in multiple attacks in the opening kilometers but the peloton wasn’t content with letting him go. However, De Marchi wasn’t going to stop trying and after another hard effort, he managed to get away with a strong group of over 10 riders.

On the first categorized climb of the day, De Marchi had no problems taking the maximum points at the top, bringing him back into the lead of the KOM classification. However, on the final steep ascent, the breakaway split up, leaving just four riders at the front. Once again, De Marchi kept his cool and didn’t give up.

Working hard to come back, the chase group came very close to bridging across but at the end, De Marchi had to settle for fifth place, crossing the line just a few seconds after the winner, Gianni Moscon (INEOS).

ISN team leader Dan Martin finished safely within the peloton and he’s now fourth in the general classification. Unfortunately, Ben Hermans had to abandon the race due to stomach problems.

Alessandro De Marchi: “Today, I woke up to some very bad news from my home region. A young girl I know had been involved in an accident while she was out training on her bike. I was very motivated to ride for her today and I think this gave me a bit of extra strength when I really needed it on the climbs today. This one was for you, Silvia!”

“Looking at my condition, I’m still not at my best level, but I can feel that I’m on the right path. At the end, we almost closed the gap to the front group, we just lacked a little bit. Anyway, I’m happy with my performance today. I got the KOM jersey back and we’ll see how long I can keep it for. We still have two very hard days left here.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

De Marchi takes the KOM jersey on stage 1 of Tour of the Alps

As the riders headed towards the local loop in the finishing town of Innsbruck, the peloton upped the pace quite significantly, bringing the gap down to under two minutes. De Marchi needed only to take one more KOM point on the last climb to secure the jersey, but with one kilometer to go, the Italian decided to leave his breakaway companions behind and go solo. Once again, he took maximum points at the top of the climb and he started to eye a possible stage win as well.

However, as De Marchi took on the final 20 km, more teams started to work in the peloton and, ultimately, it all came back together again. In the end, Gianni Moscon (INEOS) took the win with a late attack, while the peloton crossed the line just a few seconds down with Goldstein doing well to take 15th place.

Alessandro De Marchi: “The idea was to see if I could make it into the breakaway and use this stage as a small test to see how my shape was after my recent altitude training camp. With only three guys at the front, we knew from the beginning that it would be really difficult to make it all the way but you never know. I have learned that you can never give up from the start. There is always a chance so you have to go for it and see what happens. It didn’t work out today but it was important for me to be up there and go for it, also mentally. All in all, I think this was a good day and a good start of the race. There are so many strong climbers here, so it won’t be easy to keep the KOM jersey, but we will see what happens in the next days.”

Omer Goldstein: “I think this was a good day for me. I like the cold weather more than the warm weather and I really didn’t mind the snow during the stage. At the end, I was waiting for a team do start a leadout but it never happened and suddenly it was too late. I tried to take a good position but unfortunately, I got boxed in a little and had to settle for 15th place. I felt good today though.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com