VALENZA: 4th victory of the season for Team Colpack Ballan. The new success arrives thanks to Gidas Umbri, who outsprinted his opponents in the first edition of the Gran Premio Città di Valenza for Elite and Under 23.
It is the Lithuanian rider himself that tells all his emotions and the salient phases of the race, immediately after the finish line: “A success to taste like an ice-cream – tells the winner – I want to dedicate it to my family, to Beppe Colleoni and the entire Ballan family. Today I would have gladly paid the 400 euro fine for the red zone just to have my loved ones here on the finish line. A great satisfaction. This is my first success in the Under 23 category”.
The last kilometer was crucial: “Tarozzi, from the In Emilia Romagna Team, sprinted but I didn’t panic even though at one point he seemed to be making it. In the last 300 meters, I accelerated with conviction and managed to overtake him. Indeed, it was a very nervous sprint with two final curves and a straight stretch slightly uphill.”