Nizzolo sprints to European title, Van der Poel fourth

Giacomo Nizzolo has become European Road Cycling Champion in Plouay, France. The Italian stayed ahead of the Frenchman Arnaud Démare and the German Pascal Ackermann in the 177 kilometre long race in Brittany. Mathieu van der Poel finished fourth.

The riders had to do thirteen laps on a circuit of 13.7 kilometers in and around Plouay. On the same roads Michael Matthews won on Tuesday the Bretagne Classic, although that race was a lot longer with 250 kilometers.

At 50 kilometres from the finish Mathieu van der Poel handed out the first pinprick. He accelerated a bit to sample the strength of his competitors, but it didn’t lead to a serious breakaway. Belgian rider Sep Vanmarcke also attacked a little later, but he didn’t get away from the peloton either.

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In the bunch sprint Van der Poel was just not able to ride himself to the podium. “The French and Italians wanted a sprint. And they succeeded. And that sprint, yes that’s a lottery,” said Van der Poel