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2021 Coppa Bernocchi (1.Pro), Italy

102nd edition: Monday, October 4, 20121

Coppa Bernocchi podium history | 2019 edition | 2020 Grande Trittico Lombardo

Legnano - Legnano: 197.15 km. Legnano is 20 kilometers northwest of Milan.

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Remco Evenepoel

Remco Evenpoel is the first Belgian since Rik Van Looy in 1958 to win Coppa Bernocchi. Photo: Getty Sport

Weather at the start/finish city of Legnano at 2:10 PM, local time: 18C (64F), rain, with the wind from the east at 19 km/hr (12 mph). The forecast is for the rain to continue all afternoon.

The race: Here's the report from winner Remco Evenepoel's Deceuninck-Quick Step team.

Remco Evenepoel was again unleashed on Monday afternoon, taking the win in Coppa Bernocchi at the team’s first ever participation there, after a stunning 140 kilometers in the break. The Belgian was among the six riders to attack before the first lap of the hilly circuit, which revolved around the Piccolo Stelvio climb, and had Fausto Masnada for company in the move that halfway through the race managed to put four minutes between them and the peloton.

On paper, the bunch looked to be favoured by the parcours, which flattened out in the last 30 kilometers, but the escapees worked well together and maintained their gap as the kilometers ticked off. In the run-in to the last ascent of the day, Evenepoel took off only to be seen again at the finish. With Masnada covering attacks behind, the 21-year-old went into time trial mode and opened a small margin on the other escapees, which he increased to one minute by the time he arrived on the flat circuit in Legnano.

Unfazed by the pouring rain which seemed to have travelled from Roubaix to Lombardia, Remco demonstrated again calmness and determination as he produced another incredible exhibition which at times looked effortless. Coming into the final kilometer, Evenepoel had more than two minutes in hand, plenty of time to celebrate his eighth victory since the month of June, and Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 65th of the year.

“We were a bit surprised that we went that early, because we were expecting a bigger group to be at the front. I had Fausto with me and we worked very well together with the rest of the guys and pushed a steady pace on the climbs. When the gap reached four minutes, we pretty much knew it was our race. With the final part of the course being flat, I attacked before the last climb of the day and from there on I went all-out until the finish. I am happy with this victory, a team one, as it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Fausto”, said the first Belgian rider since Rik Van Looy in 1958 to triumph at the Coppa Bernocchi.

Masnada was equally delighted with the Wolfpack’s excellent day in Italy and his third podium of the season: “We came here without a sprinter, so we decided to make the race hard. The opening kilometers were really fast, as everybody wanted to be in the front. We attacked before the first lap of the hilly circuit and formed a strong breakaway. On the final climb, Remco attacked and an acceleration was all he needed to go solo. Then, on the last lap, he had a big gap so I too attacked to be on the podium, and finished third, which feels good. It’s just my third race since returning from injury and I am happy to see the results are coming after all the hard work I put in.”

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Complete Results:

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197.15 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.434 km/hr

1 Remco Evenepoel Deceuninck-Quick Step 4hr 26min 13sec
2 Alessandro Covi UAE Team Emirates @ 1min 49sec
3 Fausto Masnada Deceuninck-Quick Step 1:50
4 Samuele Battistella Astana-Premier Tech 2:25
5 Thibaut Pinot Groupama-FDJ 2:26
6 Antonio Puppio Qhubeka-NextHash 2:55
7 Sebastian Molano UAE Team Emirates 8:27
8 Filippo Fiorelli Bardiani CSF Faizanè s.t.
9 Niccolo Bonifazio TotalEnergies s.t.
10 Elia Viviani Cofidis s.t.
11 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
12 Andreas Stokbro Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
13 Vincenzo Albanese Eolo-Kometa s.t.
14 Matthew Walls Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
15 David Gonzalez Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
16 Jose Rojas Movistar s.t.
17 Ethan Hayter INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
18 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
19 Nick Schultz Team BikeExchange s.t.
20 Filippo Tagliani Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
21 Enrico Battaglin Bardiani CSF Faizanè s.t.
22 Jhojan Garcia Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
23 Federico Burchio Work Service-Marchiol-Dynatek s.t.
24 Maximiliano Richeze UAE Team Emirates s.t.
25 Mattia Frapporti Eolo-Kometa s.t.
26 Sergio Martin Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
27 Jhonatan Restrepo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
28 Attila Valter Groupama-FDJ s.t.
29 Riccardo Tosin Vini Zabù s.t.
30 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
31 Ruben Guerreiro EF Education-Nippo s.t.
32 Andrea Bagioli Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
33 Julen Amezqueta Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
34 Dayer Quintana Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
35 Unai Iribar Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
36 Niklas Eg Trek-Segafredo s.t.
37 Davide Gabburo Bardiani CSF Faizanè s.t.
38 Einer Rubio Movistar s.t.
39 Dylan Sunderland Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
40 Neilson Powless EF Education-Nippo s.t.
41 Alexandr Riabushenko UAE Team Emirates s.t.
42 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
43 Giacomo Nizzolo Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
44 Lorenzo Milesi Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli s.t.
45 Alastair Mackellar Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
46 James Piccoli Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
47 Nairo Quintana Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
48 Eduardo Sepulveda Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
49 Marco Tizza Amore & Vita s.t.
50 Mattias Skjelmose Trek-Segafredo s.t.
51 Hugo Toumire Cofidis s.t.
52 Francesco Gavazzi Eolo-Kometa s.t.
53 Dario Cataldo Movistar s.t.
54 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
55 Samuele Zambelli Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
56 Tanel Kangert Team BikeExchange s.t.
57 Alessandro Bisolti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
58 Alex Aranburu Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
59 Alexey Lutsenko Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
60 Ben Zwiehoff Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
61 Davide Orrico Vini Zabù s.t.
62 Luca Chirico Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
63 Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
64 Mikel Nieve Team BikeExchange s.t.
65 Winner Anacona Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
66 Rodrigo Contreras Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
67 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF Faizanè 8:37
68 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
69 Emil Vinjebo Qhubeka-NextHash 8:39
70 Attilio Viviani Cofidis s.t.
71 Alan Jousseaume TotalEnergies 8:44
72 Miguel Florez Arkéa-Samsic 8:52
73 Javier Romo Astana-Premier Tech 8:57
74 Victor de la Parte TotalEnergies s.t.
75 Brent Bookwalter Team BikeExchange s.t.
76 Marco Frapporti Vini Zabù s.t.
77 Michel Ries Trek-Segafredo s.t.
78 Jimmy Whelan EF Education-Nippo s.t.
79 Pieter Serry Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
80 Davide Bais Eolo-Kometa s.t.
81 Sebastien Reichenbach Groupama-FDJ s.t.
82 Edward Ravasi Eolo-Kometa s.t.
83 Frederik Wandahl Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
84 Damien Howson Team BikeExchange s.t.
85 Giovanni Aleotti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
86 Diego Camargo EF Education-Nippo s.t.
87 William Barta EF Education-Nippo s.t.
88 Matthieu Ladagnous Groupama-FDJ s.t.
89 Hector Carretero Movistar s.t.
90 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
91 Mikel Bizkarra Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
92 Jonathan Castroviejo INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
93 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
94 Mauri Vansevenant Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
95 Mauro Schmid Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
96 Jason Osborne Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.
97 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
98 Ide Schelling Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
99 David Gaudu Groupama-FDJ s.t.
100 Dries Devenyns Deceuninck-Quick Step s.t.

2021 Coppa Bernocchi photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Peloton

A compact, very wet peloton in the start/finish city of Legnano

Fausto Masnada

Fausto Masnada leads up the Piccolo Stelvio.

Fausto Masnada

Another shot of Masnada on the climb.

David Gaudu

David Gaudu on the Piccolo Stelvio

Jonathan Castroviejo

Jonathan Castroviejo

Thibault Pinot

Thibault Pinot

Remco Evenepoel

Eventual winner Remco Evenepoel

Remco Evenepoel

Remco Evenepoel wins on a rainy day in Lombardia.

Alessandro Covi

Alessandro Covi finished second, 1min 49sec after Evenepoel. You can see third-place Fausto Masnada behind him.

Remco Evenepoel

No time is wasted getting a jacket on Evenepoel.

Remco Evenepoel

Remco Evenpoel enjoys his well-earned win.