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2021 Gran Piemonte/Giro del Piemonte (1.Pro), Italy

105th edition: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Gran Piemonte podium history | 2020 edition | Course map & profile | Photos | Start list

Rocca Canavese - Borgosesia, 168 km

Matt Walls

Matt Walls (Bora-hansgrohe) wins a close one. RCS photo

Weather at the finish city of Borgosesia at 2:00 M, local time: 21C (70F), sunny, with the wind from the east at 14 km/hr (9 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: 140 riders began the 105th edition of this great race at 1:02 PM, local time. There were three non-starters: Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe), Natnael Birhane (Cofidis) & Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert).

Here's the report from winner Matt Walls' Bora-hansgrohe team:

The Italian autumn classic, Gran Piemonte, often considered a dress rehearsal for Il Lombardia, returned with a different course compared to last year. The 168km from Rocca Canavese to Borgosesia featured no significant difficulties and favoured the fast men, resulting in a bunch sprint at the end of the day.

Early on, a small breakaway group tried their luck in an escape, yet the peloton kept them on a short leash and their efforts went unrewarded in the end. Over the decisive final kilometres, BORA - hansgrohe positioned Matt Walls for the sprint, and on the home stretch, the British rider skilfully clung to Trentin's rear wheel, ultimately being able to pass his rivals shortly before the finish line to take his second win of the season.

From the Finish Line:
“We knew there was a good chance that the race would end in a sprint and the guys supported me well all day and brought me into in a good position for the finale. So I still had the legs to take the win. It was treacherous after the last roundabout as everyone was trying to position themselves well. I was able to hang on to some good rear wheels to get through the corners well and then ended up in a good position for the sprint. This win really boosts my confidence and shows that I can get results not only on the track, but also on the road." - Matt Walls

“We didn't have a real lead-out today with Patrick Konrad not being at the start, and also because Ben Zwiehoff had to drop out due to illness. So there were only five of us. The other four guys did a super job and delivered Matt very well at the end. He was then able to find a strong position thanks to his track skills. He surfed the field and then latched onto the wheel of Trentin, who then rode a solid lead-out. Matt had very good legs, which enabled him to go one better than his rivals and produce a powerful sprint. In a field of very strong riders, this was a first class win for him. Overall, the race didn’t end up being too hard and it turned out how we anticipated, so we can be very pleased." - Jens Zemke, Sports Director

Les Woodland's book Cycling's World Championships: The Inside Story is available as an audiobook here.

Complete Results:

Photos

168 kilometers raced at an average speed of 46.931 km/hr

1 Matthew Walls Bora-hansgrohe 3hr 34min 47sec
2 Giacomo Nizzolo Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
3 Olav Kooij Jumbo-Visma s.t.
4 Matteo Trentin UAE Team Emirates s.t.
5 Biniam Girmay Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
6 Jakub Mareczko Vini Zabù s.t.
7 Riccardo Minali Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
8 Arvid de Kleijn Rally Cycling s.t.
9 Amaury Capiot Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
10 Stefano Oldani Lotto Soudal s.t.
11 Ethan Hayter INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
12 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
13 Matteo Moschetti Trek-Segafredo s.t.
14 Alex Aranburu Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
15 Maximiliano Richeze UAE Team Emirates s.t.
16 Jose Rojas Movistar s.t.
17 Davide Gabburo Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
18 Gonzalo Serrano Movistar s.t.
19 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain Victorious s.t.
20 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling s.t.
21 Ben Swift INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
22 Filippo Tagliani Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
23 Luca Colnaghi Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
24 Omer Goldstein Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
25 Samuele Zambelli Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
26 Filippo Baroncini Trek-Segafredo s.t.
27 Edoardo Affini Jumbo-Visma s.t.
28 Enrico Zanoncello Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
29 Antonio Puppio Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
30 Maxim van Gils Lotto Soudal s.t.
31 Edo Goldstein Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
32 Donavan Grondin Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
33 Marco Canola Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
34 Giovanni Aleotti Bora-hansgrohe @ 13sec
35 Enrico Battaglin Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
36 Jan Bakelants Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
37 Jhonatan Restrepo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
38 Nicola Venchiarutti Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
39 Mattia Bais Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
40 Filippo Conca Lotto Soudal s.t.
41 Koen Bouwman Jumbo-Visma s.t.
42 Riccardo Tosin Vini Zabù s.t.
43 Manuel Belletti Eolo-Kometa s.t.
44 Antonio Tiberi Trek-Segafredo s.t.
45 Andreas Stokbro Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
46 Unai Iribar Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
47 Filippo Fiorelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
48 Mattia Viel Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
49 Felix Grossschartner Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
50 Nickolas Zukowsky Rally Cycling 0:22
51 Victor Campenaerts Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
52 Damiano Cima Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
53 Emil Vinjebo Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
54 Stijn Daemen Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
55 Alexandr Riabushenko UAE Team Emirates s.t.
56 Samuele Zoccarato Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
57 Valerio Conti UAE Team Emirates s.t.
58 Tomasz Marczynski Lotto Soudal s.t.
59 Dylan Teuns Bahrain Victorious s.t.
60 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
61 Jan Polanc UAE Team Emirates s.t.
62 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo s.t.
63 Fabio Felline Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
64 Lukasz Owsian Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
65 Igor Boev Gazprom-RusVelo 0:31
66 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
67 Fabio Sabatini Cofidis s.t.
68 Jeremy Bellicaud Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
69 Hugo Toumire Cofidis s.t.
70 Jokin Aranburu Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
71 Cesare Benedetti Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
72 Pavel Kochetkov Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
73 Sergey Chernetskiy Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
74 Hermann Pernsteiner Bahrain Victorious s.t.
75 Davide Martinelli Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
76 Asbjorn Hellemose Trek-Segafredo s.t.
77 Steff Cras Lotto Soudal s.t.
78 Leonardo Marchiori Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
79 Francesco Gavazzi Eolo-Kometa s.t.
80 Mattia Frapporti Eolo-Kometa s.t.
81 Dayer Quintana Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
82 Winner Anacona Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
83 Einer Rubio Movistar s.t.
84 Hector Carretero Movistar s.t.
85 Mikel Bizkarra Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
86 Keegan Swirbul Rally Cycling s.t.
87 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
88 Daryl Impey Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
89 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
90 Matteo Sobrero Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
91 James Piccoli Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
92 Attilio Viviani Cofidis s.t.
93 Sebastian Henao INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
94 Alessandro Covi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
95 Luca Coati Qhubeka-NextHash s.t.
96 Rodrigo Contreras Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
97 Matthew Holmes Lotto Soudal s.t.
98 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
99 Mark Padun Bahrain Victorious s.t.
100 Sepp Kuss Jumbo-Visma s.t.
101 Gijs Leemreize Jumbo-Visma s.t.
102 Tobias Foss Jumbo-Visma s.t.
103 Riccardo Stacchiotti Vini Zabù s.t.
104 Emerson Oronte Rally Cycling s.t.
105 Santiago Buitrago Bahrain Victorious s.t.
106 Diego Sevilla Eolo-Kometa s.t.
107 Marco Frapporti Vini Zabù s.t.
108 Toms Skujins Trek-Segafredo s.t.
109 Vincenzo Albanese Eolo-Kometa s.t.
110 Nelson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
111 Emanuel Buchmann Bora-hansgrohe 0:52
112 Petr Rikunov Gazprom-RusVelo 1:01
113 Gregorio Ferri Vini Zabù s.t.
114 Guy Sagiv Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
115 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
116 Filippo Ganna INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
117 Elia Viviani Cofidis s.t.
118 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
119 Alastair Mackellar Israel Start-Up Nation 1:12
120 Lucas Plapp INEOS Grenadiers 1:19
121 Stephen Williams Bahrain Victorious s.t.
122 Benjamin King Rally Cycling s.t.
123 Richie Porte INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
124 Dmitriy Strakhov Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
125 Cameron Wurf INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
126 Michel Hessmann Jumbo-Visma 1:24
127 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:07
128 Theo Delacroix Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 2:44
129 Davide Orrico Vini Zabù 3:16
130 Samuele Rivi Eolo-Kometa s.t.
131 Mattias Skjelmose Trek-Segafredo 4:50
132 Marc Soler Movistar s.t.
133 Domen Novak Bahrain Victorious 5:28
134 Manuele Boaro Astana-Premier Tech 9:04
135 Sylvain Moniquet Lotto Soudal s.t.
136 Matteo Pelucchi Qhubeka-NextHash 9:30

Course map & profile:

Il Piemonte

2021Gran Piemonte map

Il Piemonte map

And the race profile

Gran Piemonte photos by Fotorepoter Sirotti:

Rally cycling

During the starting ceremonies Team Rally Cycling is presented.

Peloton

The peloton waits for the race to start. That's European champion Sonny Colbrelli up front.

Gran Piemonte race

The day's early break.

Matt Walls

Here they come and Matt Walls, in the center, seems to have timed things perfectly.

Matt Walls

Matt Walls (Bora-hansgrohe) is the day's winner.

Matt Walls

Winner Matt Walls just after winning the race.

Matt Walls

Winner Matt Walls

Podium

The podium, from left: Giacomo Nizzolo (2nd), Matt Walls (1st) & Olav Kooij (3rd)


Start list with back numbers, October 6, 2021

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
1 RESTREPO Jhonatan
2 BAIS Mattia
3 CEPEDA Jefferson
4 CHIRICO Luca
5 TAGLIANI Filippo
6 TESFATSION Natnael
7 VIEL Mattia
Astana-Premier Tech
11 ARANBURU Alex
12 BATTISTELLA Samuele
13 BOARO Manuele
14 CONTRERAS Rodrigo
15 MARTINELLI Davide
17 SOBRERO Matteo
Bahrain Victorious
21 COLBRELLI Sonny
22 BUITRAGO Santiago
23 NOVAK Domen
24 PADUN Mark
25 PERNSTEINER Hermann
26 TEUNS Dylan
27 WILLIAMS Stephen
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
31 FIORELLI Filippo
32 BATTAGLIN Enrico
33 COLNAGHI Luca
34 GABBURO Davide
35 TONELLI Alessandro
36 ZANONCELLO Enrico
37 ZOCCARATO Samuele
Bora-hansgrohe
41 ALEOTTI Giovanni
42 BENEDETTI Cesare
43 GROSSSCHARTNER Felix
44 KONRAD Patrick
45 BUCHMANN Emanuel
46 WALLS Matthew
47 ZWIEHOFF Ben
Cofidis
51 VIVIANI Elia
52 BERHANE Natnael
53 CONSONNI Simone
54 HAAS Nathan
55 HERRADA José
56 SABATINI Fabio
57 VIVIANI Attilio
Eolo-Kometa
61 ALBANESE Vincenzo
62 BELLETTI Manuel
63 FRAPPORTI Mattia
64 GAVAZZI Francesco
66 RIVI Samuele
67 SEVILLA Diego
Euskaltel-Euskadi
71 BOU Joan
72 ARANBURU Jokin
73 ANGULO Antonio
74 BIZKARRA Mikel
75 IRIBAR Unai
76 ITURRIA Mikel
77 JUARISTI Txomin
Gazprom-RusVelo
81 BOEV Igor
82 CANOLA Marco
83 CHERNETSKI Sergei
84 CIMA Damiano
85 KOCHETKOV Pavel
86 RIKUNOV Petr
87 STRAKHOV Dmitry
INEOS Grenadiers
91 GANNA Filippo
92 HAYTER Ethan
93 HENAO Sebastián
94 PLAPP Luke
95 PORTE Richie
96 SOSA Iván
97 SWIFT Ben
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert
101 MINALI Riccardo
102 BAKELANTS Jan
103 BELLICAUD Jeremy
104 DAEMEN Stijn
105 DELACROIX Theo
106 GHIRMAY Biniam
107 ZIMMERMANN Georg
Israel Start-Up Nation
111 BERWICK Sebastian
112 CATAFORD Alexander
113 GOLDSTEIN Omer
114 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
115 MACKELLAR Alastair
116 PICCOLI James
117 SAGIV Guy
Jumbo-Visma
121 AFFINI Edoardo
122 FOSS Tobias
123 BOUWMAN Koen
124 HESSMANN Michel
125 KOOIJ Olav
126 KUSS Sepp
127 LEEMREIZE Gijs
Lotto Soudal
131 CONCA Filippo
132 CRAS Steff
133 HOLMES Matthew
134 MARCZYŃSKI Tomasz
135 MONIQUET Sylvain
136 OLDANI Stefano
137 VANHOUCKE Harm
Movistar
141 GARCÍA Iván
142 GONZÁLEZ Abner
143 MÜHLBERGER Gregor
144 PEDRERO Antonio
145 ROJAS José
146 SOLER Marc
147 VILLELLA Davide
Rally Cycling
151 BROWN Nathan
152 DE KLEIJN Arvid
153 JOYCE Colin
154 KING Ben
155 ORONTE Emerson
156 SWIRBUL Keegan
157 ZUKOWSKY Nickolas
Arkéa-Samsic
161 ANACONA Winner
162 BARGUIL Warren
163 DELAPLACE Anthony
164 FLÓREZ Miguel
165 QUINTANA Dayer
166 ROSA Diego
167 VOISARD Yannis
Qhubeka-NextHash
171 NIZZOLO Giacomo
172 CAMPENAERTS Victor
173 COATI Luca
174 STOKBRO Andreas
175 PELUCCHI Matteo
176 PUPPIO Antonio
177 VINJEBO Emil
Trek-Segafredo
181 MOSCHETTI Matteo
182 BARONCINI Filippo
183 HELLEMOSE Asbjørn
184 SKJELMOSE Mattias
185 MOSCA Jacopo
186 NIBALI Antonio
187 TIBERI Antonio
UAE-Team Emirates
191 TRENTIN Matteo
192 CONTI Valerio
193 COSTA Rui
194 COVI Alessandro
195 MAJKA Rafał
196 POLANC Jan
197 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr
Vini Zabù
201 MARECZKO Jakub
202 FERRI Gregorio
203 FRAPPORTI Marco
204 GRADEK Kamil
205 MASOTTO Giulio
206 ORRICO Davide
207 STACCHIOTTI Riccardo