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Sofia Bertizzolo takes victory in La Classique Morbihan after strong team tactics – Liv Racing

Sofia Bertizzolo did herself and Liv Racing a big favour. She won La Classique Morbihan (115 kilometres) on Friday in Brittany, France. At one kilometre before the finish, on a sloping part, she placed a razor-sharp attack. No one had an answer. The peloton finished 9 seconds later. Lotte Kopecky came in seventh.

Bertizzolo won her first professional UCI victory in France. “That’s great of course, even though La Classique Morbihan is maybe not the biggest race. The feeling of winning was something I had been looking for for a long time. This season I have shown several times that I am strong. But unfortunately there were not many chances to win, partly because I am not a pure sprinter or climber. It’s nice that today all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. It is the confirmation I have been looking for for a long time.”

Bertizzolo praised Liv Racing’s tactical plan. Pauliena Rooijakkers was in a breakaway with 85 kilometres to go before the local circuit. At 25 kilometres from the finish the Dutch rider attacked again. This time she stayed ahead with eight other riders.

“The idea was that Lotte Kopecky and I would stay calm and focused in the peloton. When Pauliena was caught again, I attacked at 1 kilometre from the line exactly according to our plan. Full gas, I did not hesitate. We knew we could surprise the competition with that, because Lotte was of course still in the peloton. Nobody likes to close the gap, knowing that there is a very strong sprinter in your wheel. The tactic worked out well. And luckily my legs were strong enough to execute the plan. I’m very happy with this.”

Saturday, with the Grand Prix du Morbihan Féminin (102 kilometres), there is another race in the same region. The profile of that race is similar to that of La Classique Morbihan. “It would be great if we could have another celebration as a team.”

— rik to livracing.com

Strong start for Lozano on the first road stage at Tour of Slovakia

Sports Director, Massimo Podenzana (ITA)

“With four categorised climbs in the menu today and a fast finish made for sprinters, today we had the whole team working for David and Andrea.

The guys did well and gave everything they had. Overall there was a good teamwork, and both David and Andrea managed to stay with the bunch until the last climb.

With more than 110km in the legs though, we knew the last GPM was going to be hard. Andrea lost his position just a few meters before the end of the climb, while David pushed until the end and joined the leading group in a fast final sprint bringing home the 22nd place. A good result for this first road stage.”

Andrea Peron (ITA)

“I’m a bit disappointed because I was feeling good and I was with the main group until the last climb. In the last 100 meters uphill I lost my position together with other two guys and finished behind.”

“I am happy for David, he rode strong until the end and seeing him crossing the line with the leaders is an extra boost for the next days.”

David Lozano (ESP)

“Today was tough, but the parcour suited me and I felt good. In the finale I was able to find and hold a good spot in the bunch and find my rhythm.

A pity missing the top 20 for just two positions, but we have three more days on the road to chase an even better result.

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Israel Start-Up Nation and talented Kiwi Corbin Strong join forces

  • Strong: ‘Humbled to start my professional career with ISN’
  • Carlström: ‘He impressed us on the road and the track’

Israel Start-Up Nation signed Corbin Strong. The 21-year-old Kiwi, coming from SEG Racing Academy, will be on the Israeli team for three years.

“It is a dream come true joining Israel Start-Up Nation for the 2022 season. It will be a truly humbling experience to start my professional road career alongside some of the biggest names in the sport,” Strong said from Tokyo.

ISN’s general manager, Kjell Carlström, is also excited about bringing Strong to the team. “Over the last few years, he has impressed us with his skills on the track as well as on the road,” he says.

“We are committed to giving Corbin a great home for further development and welcome him into the ISN family.”

Olympic Games

The Kiwi is currently representing New Zealand at the Olympic Games, where he is competing on the track.

Competing in the Olympic Games is another highlight in Strong’s quickly developing cycling career. He started riding on the track when he was ten and, since then, has risen through the higher ranks of cycling step-by-step.

The 21-year-old: “After having tried multiple sports while growing up, I followed my dad and brother to the velodrome. When my brother broke his arm, I could borrow his bike. This started my love for the sport and, since then, I always dreamed of being a professional cyclist.”

The Kiwi continues: “Success in the sport came quite early for me with national titles on the road and track coming through the junior ranks. However, becoming a pro cyclist while coming from a small town in New Zealand seemed like a very ambitious goal. I think that is why it intrigued me so much.”

Continuing to develop

Strong had to recover from a broken back after a crash in his final season as a junior but gained momentum the year after when the national track cycling team and the Australian continental team St. George gave him opportunities to develop. Ultimately, he joined the SEG Racing Academy and got selected for the Olympic Games.

After the Olympics, Strong will finish the road season with his current team before joining ISN in 2022. “I look forward to learning from the best riders and continuing my development with ISN.”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com