Giacomo Nizzolo adds sprint power to ISN

Giacomo Nizzolo joins ISN in 2022

Israel Start-Up Nation is excited to announce that Giacomo Nizzolo will join the team in 2022 adding firepower to the team’s sprint and one-day race rosters.

As former European Champion and stage winner in the Giro d’Italia, where he has also won the points classification on two occasions, Nizzolo has been one of the most consistent sprinters over the last 10 years. The 32-year-old Italian is always amongst the top contenders in the bunch sprints while also being a strong card to play in the challenging one-day races.

Giacomo Nizzolo: “To join this team is something really special for me. From the outside, it looks like a really nice team with a great group of people working very well together to reach its big goals. I’m really proud to become part of this team. I’m super happy and super motivated and I’m sure we will achieve big goals together.

 “Given my level of performances over the last couple of years, I hope to continue to improve and only get better. Milano-Sanremo is my dream race so I would really like to be at good level there but in general, I just want to take my chance every time there is an opportunity for me. I’m really looking forward to joining the team next year!”

ISN General Manager, Kjell Carlström: “We are happy to strengthen the team with such a strong rider as Giacomo. He has shown consistency over the years and he continues to improve. On top of that, he is also a great teammate as we could see during the World Championships in Belgium this year.

 “This is a natural fit for us. We have been working hard on establishing a strong leadout train over the last couple of years, which really came to the fore during the 2021 season with several good results. Adding Giacomo to the equation gives us even more opportunities in the sprints next year.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Giacomo Nizzolo sprints to 2nd place at Tour of Britain stage 5

Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) won stage 5 of the Tour of Britain, taking the win just ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Qhubeka NextHash) with Dan Mclay (Arkea Samsic) in 3rd place.

Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain was a 150km route from Alderely Park to Warrington. After a few initial undulations, the final 80km of the stage was mostly flat which made it a great opportunity for the sprinters.

Team Qhubeka NextHash looked to make the most of this opportunity with the European Champion, Nizzolo one of the favourites for the stage. Five riders formed the early break of the day, but as expected, they were not given much of an advantage.

Nicholas Dlamini, together with a rider from Deceuninck-Quickstep and Israel Start-Up Nation controlled the gap throughout the day. It was then Qhubeka NextHash that took responsibility, adding Mauro Schmid and Sean Bennett to the chase with 25km to go to shut down the break.

The finale was made trickier due to a brief but late downpour which, making the roads quite slippery. Just inside of a kilometer to go, there was a crash right up near the front of the peloton. This created a slight split in the peloton which Nizzolo was caught behind.

Fortunately for Nizzolo, Barbero was there in support to close the gap, but it was still a significant effort required just before kicking to the line. Almost as soon as Nizzolo got dropped off he had to launch his sprint from far to try and pass those that escaped the crash ahead of him before the line arrived.

Nizzolo had the superior speed over the final meters and was able to pass everyone that but Hayter, who just held on to take the stage victory.

Unfortunately, the crash in the last corner was not necessary. We had to come from far with Carlos, he did a great job to close the gap but it did not come for free. When I arrived it was the moment to start the sprint and my legs were already full of lactic acid. I can say I am happy I didn’t crash but at the same time not super happy because I think I had a better chance to play my card. Overall, I am happy, the team did a super job to control the race with Deceuninck and now I look forward to the next goals.

Giacomo Nizzolo

— Damian to teamqhubeka.com