2021 World Road Championships – Filippo Baroncini wins U23 men’s road race for Italy ahead of Biniam Girmay
Filippo Baroncini won the U23 men’s road race for Italy on Friday afternoon, while Eritrean Biniam Girmay finished second.
The Italian rider struck in the penultimate climb of the race at the Wijnpers in Flanders, then continued to hold onto his lead for the win.
Two seconds behind him finished Girmay for Eritrea, taking second place in a historic achievement for his country as he sprinted away from the chasing pack.
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The last place on the podium went to Dutchman Olav Kooik, while Michele Gazzoli took fourth place, giving Italy two top five.
Lewis Askey of Great Britain was fifth.
Speaking after the race, Baroncini said: “For me it’s a dream, the day has been really stressful and I think for everyone. It’s a victory which is a dream for my whole life. For me, everything was perfect for me and my team. We attacked in the final, and my attack was planned before the race and everything went well. It’s a big emotion for me, no words. “
Asked about his final thoughts on the race, he said: “I think of all of you, ‘go, go, go to the final’, win this race and everything has been going well, it’s a dream for me. have no words on this final. “
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