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2021 Giro della Toscana - Memorial Alfredo Martini (1.1), Italy

93rd edition: September 15, 2021

Giro della Toscana podium history | 2020 edition | 2022 edition

Pontedera - Pontedera, 191.6 km

Michael Valgren

No other racers in sight as Michael Valgren crosses the finish line in Pontedera. Sirotti photo

Weather at the start/finish city of Pontedera at 2:45 PM, local time: 22C (71F), rain showers, with the wind from the southwest at 14 km/hr (9 mph).

The Race: Here's the report from winner Michael Valgren's EF Education-Nippo team.

Michael Valgren took his first win in pink at the Giro della Toscana after beating a star studded field with a perfectly timed attack.  

The 191-kilometer course took the riders through the countryside of the province of Tuscany on a challenging course which featured two ascents of the Monte Serra. It was clear from the first time up the climb that the EF Education–NIPPO riders were here to race aggressively from the front. Jimmy Whelan and Will Barta helped guide our squad to the climb and Ruben Guerreiro got things going on the first climb. His tempo broke up the peloton and launched Rigoberto Urán and Sergio Higuita who were able to open a small gap on the descent before being brought back. 

But it was on the second time up the climb that the main selection was made. Neilson Powless was one of the riders who kicked things off at the foot of the climb. Over the top, overlooking the city of Pisa and the Tuscan countryside below, a select group of riders went clear which included Powless, Higuita and Valgren.

“I know the Monte Serra climb really well as I lived in Luca during my first year as a pro,” says Michael Valgren. “I like the climb a lot so it was special to be up there fighting for the win.” 

After a descending masterclass by Neilson Powless, the drag to the line was highly tactical with numerous riders attempting attacks as they made their way back into Pontedera. With 14-kilometers to go, during a brief lull in action, Valgren was able to roll off the front alone. The gap would quickly extend to over one minute with Powless and Higuita doing colossal job breaking up the chase group anytime they got organized.  

Michael Valgren would cross the line over a minute ahead of his closest rival and was able to savor the final couple of hundred meters. His first win since he took the Amstel Gold Race in 2018, this race was special for a rider that has proved time and time again that he could be there with the best.

“This is a race for climbers and I’m not really a climber so I had to dig really deep. This was definitely special.”  

“This was just as much of a team win as it was a win for Michael,” says sport director Matti Breschel. “The team rode perfectly all day.” 

Complete results:

191.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.015 km/hr

1 VALGREN Michael EF Education-Nippo 4hr 33min 37sec
2 DE MARCHI Alessandro Italia @ 1min 13sec
3 ULISSI Diego UAE-Team Emirates 1:18
4 ROTA Lorenzo Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
5 VILLELLA Davide Movistar s.t.
6 CANOLA Marco Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
7 CHERNETSKI Sergei Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
8 MOSCON Gianni INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
9 HIGUITA Sergio EF Education-Nippo s.t.
10 BATTISTELLA Samuele Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
11 MARTIN Gotzon Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
12 WILLIAMS Stephen Bahrain-Victorious s.t.
13 MUNOZ Daniel Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
14 SCARONI Cristian Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
15 GENIEZ Alexandre TotalEnergies s.t.
16 FORTUNATO Lorenzo Eolo-Kometa s.t.
17 POWLESS Neilson EF Education-Nippo s.t.
18 WACKERMANN Luca Eolo-Kometa s.t.
19 MAJKA Rafal UAE-Team Emirates 1:26
20 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao INEOS Grenadiers 1:58
21 OKAMIKA Ander Burgos-BH 3:08
22 RESTREPO Jhonatan Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
23 GABBURO Davide Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
24 HIRT Jan Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
25 KUDUS Merhawi Astana-Premier Tech 3:11
26 CARBONI Giovanni Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 4:49
27 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain-Victorious 5:00
28 RAVASI Edward Eolo-Kometa 5:15
29 CEPEDA Jefferson Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 5:38
30 CANTON Isaac Burgos-BH 5:58
31 VELASCO Simone Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
32 NIERI Alessio Italia s.t.
33 BUITRAGO Santiago Bahrain-Victorious s.t.
34 NYCH Artem Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
35 GUERREIRO Ruben EF Education-Nippo s.t.
36 CHIRICO Luca Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 6:00
37 COVILI Luca Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 8:01
38 PRONSKIY Vadim Astana-Premier Tech 9:57
39 CHRISTIAN Mark Eolo-Kometa s.t.
40 DE BOD Stefan Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
41 COSTA Rui UAE-Team Emirates 10:41
42 URAN Rigoberto EF Education-Nippo s.t.
43 PICCOLO Andrea Italia s.t.
44 ZOCCARATO Samuele Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè s.t.
45 TEUNS Dylan Bahrain-Victorious s.t.
46 ZARDINI Edoardo Vini Zabù s.t.
47 FRIGO Marco Italia s.t.
48 BARTA Will EF Education-Nippo s.t.
49 RODRÍGUEZ Cristian TotalEnergies s.t.
50 RAVANELLI Simone Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
51 TEJADA Harold Astana-Premier Tech s.t.
52 BELLICAUD Jeremy Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
53 BAIS Davide Eolo-Kometa s.t.
54 SEPÚLVEDA Eduardo Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
55 CARRETERO Hector Movistar s.t.
56 TESFATSION Natnael Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec s.t.
57 RUBIO Einer Movistar s.t.
58 SHALUNOV Evgeny Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
59 ROVNY Ivan Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
60 DOMBROWSKI Joe UAE-Team Emirates s.t.
61 PEDRERO Antonio Movistar s.t.