Martinez won the Coppa Sabatini before Eiking and Martin

Vlasov fifth in the first competition after the tour


Daniel Martinez (Ineos Grenadiers, r.) won the 70th Coppa Sabatini (1.Pro).| Photo: Cor Vos

09/15/2022 | (rsn) – Daniel Martinez (Ineos Grenadiers) celebrated his fourth victory of the 70th season of the Coppa Sabatini (1.Pro). The 26-year-old Colombian confidently left Norway’s Christian Iking (EF Education – EasyPost) and Frenchman Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) behind in the 198.6km hill climb of Italy’s autumn season, starting and finishing in Peggioli.

Other places are followed by Eiking’s Colombian teammates Esteban Chaves and Russian Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora – hansgrohe), who finished in 5th in his first race after the Tour de France, which he finished in 5th.

Italian Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo – Kometa) led the first group by 59 seconds and took sixth place ahead of his compatriots Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan), Andreas Kroon (Lotto Soudal) from Switzerland and Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates). ), who won the Giro dello Toscana the day before, in which Martinez finished third.

“I live very close to here and know the road well. I’m very happy to win here,” said Martinez, who has worked hard for The secret of his victory when he resisted an attack by Vlasov from 20 kilometers away avoid “When Vlasov attacked, I knew it was very dangerous,” the Ineos expert, who was the first follower to react and finally caught the Russian in the last six kilometers together with Eiking, Martin and Chaves. “Then I waited and gave it my all in the final climb. In the end there were five of us and I was able to win.”

Here’s how the contest goes:

A first breakaway group is not far in the course, which consists of three circuits of different lengths, and is caught again almost 80 kilometers from the finish by the field, which at this point only has about 50 drivers. The attack that followed immediately afterwards was quickly thwarted, with Bora – hansgrohe also having Very active.

A good 50 kilometers before the finish line, the pre-decisive group of eleven, consisting of Martinez, Eiking, Martin, Chaves, Vlasov, Hirsch and Andrea Piccolo, the third EF rider among the escapees, formed. In the last circuit, within a few kilometers, Chaves, Martinez and twice Vlasov, who was caught six kilometers before the finish, tried again.

In the end, Martin approached the last 500 meters of the final switch-up, but Martinez was not only on the back wheel of the Frenchman, but also ran on the inside track through the final corner for a convincing victory. On the other hand, Vlasov, who was in the first level with the Colombian time trial champion, lost his strength at the finish line, so that in the end Bora captain crossed the finish line as the last rider in the leading group.

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