Silver Pressure!

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Last Saturday, September 11, Filippo Baroncini got a silver medal in the blue jersey at the European Road Under 23 Championships that took place in Trento.
The rider from Team Colpack Ballan was beaten by few centimeters by the Belgian Thibaut Nys, son of art, and preceded the former teammate Juan Ayuso.

The rider was already looking forward to a great success as confirmed by himself:
“I dreamed of this jersey and I came close to it, too bad. In the sprint I was first out of the last corner, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. My opponent was faster. We did everything we could as a team, I hope this medal repays them for all their efforts”.
Baroncini added: “Zana did well to try to sprint in the final kilometers, maybe it would have worked as a surprise. In any case, we’ll try again at the World Championships.”

Baroncini’s result is the peak, at least up to this moment, of a season of great successes for the riders of Team Colpack Ballan, who form an explosive combination with Pressure, top of the range in high module carbon of the Cinelli racing family with totally integrated cable routing and low vertical rear stays, for maximum aerodynamics and greater overall frame stiffness.

Huge statifaction for Rastelli

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Sunday 25 July has been a triumphal day for Team Colpack Ballan on the Monte Grappa, having scored a podium hat-trick with Luca RastelliMattia Petrucci and Alessio Martinelli at the end of a 108 km race.

For Rastelli, and for his Pressure Team Limited, it was the first success of the season, the 30th for the team. The rider from Cremona was about to win a month ago, in Pessano Roncola, when he crashed and broke his teeth.

“Since Saturday I was feeling good – said the winner- and I was only thinking about having a good race. After the crash, I couldn’t wait to get back on the bike as soon as possible.
I tackled the climb at my own pace, with regularity. Initially I wasn’t brilliant. On the way up, I took advantage of a relaxation in the group and went on the attack with 3 km to go. I kept a good gap and I thank my teammates who worked behind me for that. It’s a great joy after a very complicated period”.

The day before, Saturday, in OvadaMattia Petrucci showed his good shape getting his second seasonal win.

Petrucci commented on the victory with these words: “Today we have disputed a hard race, an elimination race with 30 arrived on 150 departed. In the first kilometers, the usual breakaway started. After 50 km we were out in 6.
BaronciniMartinelli, and I were in the lead. I knew I could hold on for 25 km solo, so I attacked, making the difference and arriving with 50″ of advantage”.

U23 Italian TT Champion

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On Saturday, June 26th Team Colpack Ballan conquered the Italian U23 Time Trial title with Filippo Baroncini. The rider from Romagna, born in 2000, has imposed himself at the end of a very fast run at almost 52 km/h of average speed.
Baroncini, at his 2nd success of the season, covered in fact the 19 kilometers of the route in 22′:03″.
The race took place on a flat route and was suitable for a powerful man like Baroncini, who a few weeks ago had also won the stage of the Giro U23 time trial.

Here the words of the winner: “I’m happy. I needed this victory after the second place in the National in-line Championship last week. I said I would take revenge and I kept my word”.
About the race: “I started in the lead and didn’t do many math. In an individual race like this, you can’t hide and I gave everything I had. I believe this success is the result of determination and grit.”

The approach to this result has been long: “Since last year I’ve been working a lot on the time trial bike and in the last days I’ve always gone out only with it. We improved all the details and the results have arrived. Now I’ll rest a bit and I dream of being called up for the national team in the specialty trials. Dreaming doesn’t cost anything”.

But that’s not all, Sunday for Baroncini came the second victory in two days in the Pessano-Roncola, a classic race with uphill arrival.
For Baronicini this is the 3rd victory of the season, the first with a road bike of 2021, in a race that has seen unlucky protagonist Luca Rastelli, who has been involved in a crash with one kilometer to go. For him a facial trauma and various contusions.
We wish him a speedy recovery.
Come on Luca, we are waiting for you back on the saddle!

Ayuso wins the Giro d’Italia Giovani U23

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The Team Colpack Ballan wins the Giro d’Italia Under 23 with Juan Ayuso. It is an important first time for the fellowship of the Team Manager Antonio Bevilacqua and President Beppe Colleoni. This is the 23rd victory of the season and the 9th for Ayuso.

These are the first words of the winner: “It was the first time I participated in a stage race so long and of such a high level. I’m happy because I felt good for all 10 days. It was a great experience for me. Now I’m waiting for the transition to professionalism (debut at the Giro dell’Appennino), but I have to thank the Colpack Ballan family that welcomed me in Almè and treated me like a son, and my family that came to Italy to cheer me”.
Ayuso tells other details about the race: “The most difficult moment? Definitely the time trial when my saddle dropped. I understood that it was done after the 7th stage”.

First of the Italians with his 6th place Alessandro Verre.  “Finally the Giro is over, even if I still feel good. Maybe from tomorrow I will feel the fatigue, but today I am adrenaline. For me it was a particular Giro, which gave us many emotions. I understood many things and now I feel like a more mature rider. I have to say that I enjoyed it too.”

Ayuso and his teammates dominated the pink race and highlighted the winning characteristics of the different Cinelli bikes they used. The Pressure for the sprinters, thanks to its aerodynamic shape and stiffness, and the Superstar, appreciated by the GC riders for its lightness and reactivity, in a very special Peso Piuma version, with a lightened rear carriage, extra-large pulley and super-light custom paintwork.

After the victory, a wonderful party at the headquarters of Team Colpack Ballan to celebrate this great triumph, which enters by right in the trophy cabinet of the most beautiful trophies in the history of Cinelli.
Besides the riders, the management and the main sponsors, also the President of the Italian Cycling Federation Cordiano Dagnoni and the Vice President Norma Gimondi joined the celebrations.
An unforgettable day!

TWO FOR THE WIN!

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On Sunday 16th May, Team Colpack Ballan obtained an exciting double win with Davide Boscaro, first, and Davide Persico, second, in the Trofeo Gp Sportivi Sestesi sprint.

“It’s been a great race for us, we gained the 15th victory of the season. – explained the Team Manager Antonio Bevilacqua – Everybody has raced well, stitching the breakaway. In the last 5 km, we took the lead of the race with authority. The boys have been fantastic and should be mentioned: Samuel Quaranta, Gidas Umbri, Francesco Della Lunga, Luca Rastelli“.

The season begins!

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An excellent start of the Tokyo Olympics season for triathlete Dmitry Polyanskiy, who took a solid second place at the Russian Duathlon Sprint Championships last weekend. An encouraging result, ahead of the first leg ITU World Triathlon Championship series in Yokohama (Japan) next weekend. Good luck!

Congrats Eleonora!

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Great result last Sunday in Ostend, in the Para-cycling World Cup.
In the road race, our Eleonora Mele, after the fourth place in the time trial, obtained a sparkling third place, a good omen for the next challenge, the World Championships in Portugal next month.
Well done Ele!

A great result!

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Third place for Team Colpack Ballan sprinter Davide Persico on Sunday in the Gran Premio Italian Cycling Team, near Verona.
The rider from Bergamo was preceded by Alessio Portello and by Gleb Syritsa.
The race was 136 km long, covered in 2h 49’43 at an average of 48.363.
Persico’s was a comeback sprint that saw the bearer of the team of patron Beppe Colleoni and Antonio Bevilacqua, ending the racewith a pinch of regret.

Fourth victory!

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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.”

Third win a row!

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On the weekend Team Colpack Ballan got the third victory in this season. On Sunday it was Nicolas Gomez‘s time to celebrate.

SIVELLA (TV): The Colombian won in a sprint the Gran Premio Primavera for amateurs, beating the couple Elia Menegale, Alessio Portello.
These are Gomez’s words, radiant after the finish line: “It has been a hard race since the beginning. I’m sorry for my teammate Filippo Baroncini who had a crash. All the guys were great. They sacrificed themselves for me. It was incredible to see guys who can win, making themselves available. In the final Davide Boscaro and Francesco Della Lunga guided me with mastery and for a long time, leaving me in the first positions. Basically, I just had to sprint!”.

The dedications: “I hope that today’s is only the first of a long series of successes. I thought about 2 of my dead friends Polvo and Andres, my family, my girlfriend, the president Beppe Colleoni and the Ballan family. I’ll be at the start of next Saturday, Sunday and Monday’s races where I hope to perform well again”.

A big wish for a speedy recovery to Michele Gazzoli, who suffered a big hematoma after a crash, but above all to Filippo Baroncini, who had his collarbone fractured after a crash. We look forward to seeing you soon in the saddle Filippo!