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2021 Veneto Classic (1.1), Italy

1st edition: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Veneto Classic podium history | Race map & profile

Venice - Bassano del Grappa, 206.6 km

Samuele Battistella

Samuele Battistella finishes alone in Bassano del Grappa.

Weather at the finish city of Bassano del Grappa at 2:00 PM, local time: 19C (66F), sunny, with the wind from the south at 10 km/hr (6 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Samuele Battistella's Astana-Premier Tech team.

It was the perfect way to wrap up a challenging 2021 season as Samuele Battistella soloed to glory in Bassano del Grappa after a stunning performance riding many kilometres at the front of the race.

The last race of the 2021 season took the riders over 200km from Venice to Bassano del Grappa with the second part of the race featuring a punchy circuit before crossing the finish line.

The Astana – Premier Tech riders showed an amazing display of teamwork, controlling the race from kilometre zero. As the race headed towards the last laps of the circuit, Samuele Battistella paid attention to the moves at the front which saw him lead the race with two other riders. Meanwhile Alexey Lutsenko took control of the pace in the chasing group.

At the front, Matteo Trentin touched wheels with Battistella and hit the deck, which meant Samuele Battistella led the race solo with less than 20 kilometres to go. The chasing group pushed hard trying to close the gap but Battistella put the hammer down and rode an absolute fantastic race to wrap up the season with a win, and was able to celebrate as he had a five-second gap over his opponents.

Teammate Alexey Lutsenko rounded out a great end of the season with sprinting to a top five finish.

"I feel sorry for Trentin, we worked well together and when he touched my wheels we had only 15 kilometres left. I asked Martino (Giuseppe Martinelli) what we should do then and he said I should ride my rhythm up the climb towards the finish. From there on I never looked back and gave everything I had. It is my first victory as a professional and it feels like a rebirth as the season started not in the way I wanted as I struggled with health issues. The last days I worked for Alexey and today he worked for me as a return. The last kilometres were on home soil, I train here a lot and the fans were amazing and pushed me. Also, a huge thanks to my team, it was pure teamwork. The plan was that I start and Alexey would finish it off but at the end we changed and I went ahead with Luts also taking a top result. It is the perfect way to finish our season." – Samuele Battistella

"What should I say, it has been a wonderful week. Already on Friday, when Lutsenko took the win, it was pure joy but today’s win was just perfect. Today, I bet on Battistella to win, even if we weren’t riding for him and he needed to work but you could see the previous days that he was getting stronger and stronger. I am so happy for the team and it was the best way to finish the season and also to take these emotions into the off season, already being motivated for the upcoming one. I hope this victory will be a good sign for 2022." – Giuseppe Martinelli

Les Woodland's book The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories is available as an audiobook here.

Complete results:

206.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.071 km/hr

1 Samuele Battistella Astana-Premier Tech 5hr 1min 49sec
2 Marc Hirschi UAE Team Emirates @ 6sec
3 Jhonatan Restrepo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
4 Alexey Lutsenko Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
5 Remy Rochas Cofidis 0:10
6 Diego Ulissi UAE Team Emirates 0:27
7 Lorenzo Rota Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 0:27
8 Guillaume Martin Cofidis 0:29
9 Andrea Piccolo Nazionale Italiana 0:55
10 Cristian Scaroni Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
11 Vincenzo Albanese Eolo-Kometa 1:37
12 Alberto Dainese Nazionale Italiana 1:39
13 Andrea Pasqualon Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
14 Enrico Battaglin Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
15 Simone Velasco Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
16 Davide Gabburo Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
17 Andrea Garosio Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
18 Matteo Trentin UAE Team Emirates s.t.
19 Davide Orrico Vini Zabù s.t.
20 Mattia Bais Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
21 Jan Bakelants Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
22 Francesco Gavazzi Eolo-Kometa s.t.
23 Giovanni Carboni Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
24 Riccardo Tosin General Store Essegibi-F.Ili Curia s.t.
25 Alex Tolio Zalf-Euromobil-Désirée-Fior s.t.
26 Lorenzo Fortunato Eolo-Kometa s.t.
27 Odd Christian Eiking Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
28 Alessandro Covi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
29 Simone Petilli Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
30 Antonio Puppio Team Qhubeka s.t.
31 Jonas Rapp Hrinkow Advarics 2:13
32 Marco Canola Gazprom-RusVelo 2:31
33 Manuele Boaro Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
34 Nicola Venchiarutti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
35 Marco Tizza Amore & Vita 5:34
36 Davide Botta Nazionale Italiana s.t.
37 Kevin Colleoni Nazionale Italiana s.t.
38 Sven Erik Bystrom UAE Team Emirates s.t.
39 Davide Formolo UAE Team Emirates s.t.
40 Edward Ravasi Eolo-Kometa 5:53
41 Matteo Zurlo Zalf-Euromobil-Désirée-Fior 7:00
42 Davide de Pretto Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli s.t.
43 Riccardo Verza Zalf-Euromobil-Désirée-Fior s.t.
44 Petr Rikunov Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
45 Kevin Bonaldo Team Qhubeka s.t.
46 Federico Burchio Work Service-Marchiol s.t.
47 Thomas Champion Cofidis s.t.
48 Negasi Haylu Team Qhubeka 8:54
49 Nathan Haas Cofidis 10:04
50 Stijn Daemen Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
51 Timon Loderer Hrinkow Advarics s.t.
52 Eduardo Sepulveda Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
53 Thomas Pesenti Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli s.t.
54 Attilio Viviani Cofidis s.t.
55 Michael Konczer Hrinkow Advarics s.t.
56 Matteo Baseggio General Store-F.Ili Curia-Essegibi s.t.
57 Lorenzo Visintainer General Store-F.Ili Curia-Essegibi s.t.
58 Edoardo Faresin Zalf-Euromobil-Désirée-Fior s.t.
59 Samuele Carpene General Store-F.Ili Curia-Essegibi s.t.
60 Hugo Toumire Cofidis s.t.
61 Mattia Bevilacqua Vini Zabù s.t.
62 Raul Colombo Work Service-Marchiol s.t.
63 Ivan Rovny Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
64 Francesco Zandri Work Service-Marchiol s.t.
65 Marco Grendene Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli s.t.
66 Alex Raimondi Nazionale Italiana s.t.
67 Luca Mozzato Nazionale Italiana s.t.
68 Rainer Kepplinger Hrinkow Advarics s.t.
69 Riccardo Lucca General Store-F.Ili Curia-Essegibi s.t.
70 Davide Bais Eolo-Kometa s.t.
71 Edoardo Zardini Vini Zabù s.t.
72 Mattia Guasco Team Qhubeka s.t.
73 Giacomo Garavaglia Work Service-Marchiol s.t.
74 Leonardo Marchiori Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
75 Alexander Cepeda Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
76 Francesco di Felice MG.K vis VPM s.t.
77 Erik Fetter Eolo-Kometa s.t.
78 Francesco Carollo MG.K vis VPM s.t.
79 Luka Pajek Hrinkow Advarics 10:27

2021 Veneto Classic map & profile:

2021 Veneto Classic map

2021 Veneto Classic map

2021 Veneto Classic profile

2021 Veneto Classic profile