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Trofeo Piva 2022, Marcellusi beats the cold: he is the master!
The Lazio rider of Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè was able to make the difference on the final climb to San Vigilio, finishing solo. Second place for a highly acclaimed Marco Frigo (Israel Cycling Academy), third for Colombian German Gomez (Colombia Tierra de Atletas)
Rain, cold and even a bit of snow at the start did not stop Martin Marcellusi, who won the 73rd Trofeo Piva on the finish line in Via Treviset in Col San Martino (Treviso). The Lazio athlete of Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè made all his explosiveness count on the deadly slopes of the San Vigilio wall, 700 metres at 10%, in full Flemish style, to stay in theme with the contemporary Tour of Flanders. His acceleration could not be resisted by Marco Frigo (Israel Cycling Academy), cheered on by his fan club on the Combai climb and then on the podium, who had to be content with second place, while a generous German Gomez (Colombia Tierra de Atletas) finished third, one of the first to break away on the climb.
THE RACE – The race became complicated even before the start, as rain and even a bit of snow fell on the riders at the moment of the signature sheet, so much so that the organisers and judges were forced to follow the UCI protocol for extreme conditions, then to remove two laps of the Combai circuit and reduce the overall distance to 143.8 km.
Despite being cold, the riders approached the first few laps of the Combai circuit at full speed, with sprints and counter- sprints that had no particular effect, except for a slow but decisive skimming of the group. At km 95, after a series of sprints on the Combai, German Gomez (Colombia Tierra de Atletas), Fran Miholjevic (CT Friuli), Filippo D’Aiuto (General Store -Essegibi-F.lli Curia), Felix Engelhardt and Logan McLain (Tirol-KTM) and Davide De Pretto (Zalf Euromobil Desirée Fior) managed to take advantage.
On the first passage from San Vigilio, however, the forcing of De Pretto reduced the group in the lead, with only Engelhardt, D’Aiuto and Gomez to resist him and the group behind, some thirty seconds away, now reduced to less than 30 units. On the last passage on the Combai came out in pursuit in 9, namely Martin Marcellusi (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Giovanni De Carlo (Carnovali Rime Sias), Davide Piganzoli and Fernando Tercero (Eolo-Kometa), Francesco Busatto, Samuele Carpene (General Store-Essegibi-F. lli Curia), Moritz Kretschy (German national team), Marco Frigo and Mason Hollyman (Israel Cycling Academy), who were able to rejoin the front four just ahead of the final, decisive passage from San Vigilio.
With the peloton now almost a minute away, Frigo tried to anticipate the start of the San Vigilio by sprinting into the flat section, but Marcellusi soon caught up with him. The two started the final wall a few seconds ahead of the immediate pursuers, but proved to be the ones with the better pedal stroke on the climb. Marcellusi made his remarkable change of pace count, pulling away from Frigo, while behind Gomez and Hollyman tried, unsuccessfully, to catch up with the two in front.
Launched into a dive towards Col San Martino, Marcellusi never looked back, arriving with his arms raised in Via Treviset. It’s party time for Lazio, it’s party time for Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè!
STATEMENTS – The winner Marcellusi was beaming after the finish: “This is the most important victory of my career,” he admitted. “I had come close several times to winning an international race and today I finally did it. The experience I have gained over the past few months with the pros helped me, but it is above all the team that made the difference, they were great. Today I didn’t know what to expect, all the more so with the rain, but my leg responded very well, the team was counting on me, and when I came out with Frigo before San Vigilio I realised that today could really be my day”.
Second place did not leave Frigo unhappy, as he was the most cheered on the podium, being from San Giuseppe di Cassola (Vicenza) and his entire fan club was in tow. I had never raced the Piva, this is my last year as an U23 and I really wanted to test myself on this course,” said the athlete from Vicenza. It went well, the leg responded as it should, so I am very happy. Maybe I was a bit too generous in the finale, as often happens to me, but that’s OK. It’s a pity that the course was shortened, because with 40 km more of the race my skills as a cross-country runner would probably have come out better, but it’s OK.
Colombian German Gomez was undoubtedly the most combative of the day, and it was no coincidence that he won the GPM classification, thanks to the sum of the points gained on Combai and San Vigilio: “These are my routes,” said the Colombian. “I was cold, but I had good feelings, so I decided to attack from afar, and I am very happy to have won this podium in a race of great importance like the Piva. In this early part of the season I have always felt good, I hope that the condition will also accompany me in the coming weeks. When I’m based in Italy, I live in Gatteo a Mare (Forlì-Cesena), I feel great in Italy. The ideal country for cycling.
It was a demanding but rewarding day also for the President of AC Col San Martino, Mario De Rosso: “We did not expect such a storm just before the start,” he explains, “We were forced to follow the UCI protocol for extreme weather conditions together with the judges. We were sorry to have to shorten the course, but at that moment it was the only thing we could do. All in all I think it turned out to be a good show, the public was not missing and for that I have to thank everyone who came to our roads. Marcellusi is a talented young man who enriches our beautiful roll of honour. A big thank you also goes to the institutions, sponsors and volunteers, without whom it would have been impossible to organise the Trofeo Piva’.
Matador Ayuso dominates the 2021 Piva Trophy at Col San Martino.
Spectacle on the San Vigilio. Blue podium with Italians Colnaghi and Puppio
(Col San Martino-Farra di Soligo, Apr. 04, 2021). The Trofeo Piva di Col San Martino, an international cycling race reserved for the under-23 category, has a new master: Juan Ayuso Pesquera (Team Colpack Ballan), capable of dominating the 72nd edition by arriving all alone with his arms raised at the finish line in Via Giarentine.
A breakaway for victory, won with an extraordinary solo action that began with perfect timing at dawn on the last lap of the 178 km race.
A Spaniard from Barcelona, class of 1999, in his first year among the under23s, Ayuso confirms himself as a promise for two-wheel pedaling. Spanish national road and time trial champion among the juniors in 2020, the rider arrived at the Piva in great condition after the excellent placings recently obtained at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.
Entertainment along the route designed by the Ac Col San Martino, led by president Mario De Rosso and supported by the invaluable help of many collaborators and volunteers.
Protagonists were the hills recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site between the municipalities of Farra di Soligo, Valdobbiadene, Miane and Vidor, with the ascent on the Grand Prix of the Mountain of Combai. Incandescent was the finale with the deadly San Vigilio bank tear, repeated three times and springboard on the penultimate lap for Juan Ayuso, who, after catching the outrider Florian Lipowitz (Tirol Ktm), never looked back.
A great number that of the Spaniard, followed on the podium by Italians Luca Colnaghi (Trevigiani Campana) and Antonio Puppio (Team Qhubeka). Also a star of the day was Australian Alastair Mackellar (Israel Cycling Academy), who was able to win the special mountain grand prix classification. Ayuso was also awarded the special mention of the “Elio Follador” prize for passing first on the last passage of the Combai.
Also on the awards podium to present the actual Piva Trophy, created by artist Valentino Moro, were the mayor of Farra di Soligo, Mattia Perencin, the national councilor of the Italian Cycling Federation, Fabrizio Cazzola and the Honorable Angela Colmellere.
Order of arrival: 1. Ayuso Pesquera Juan (Colpack Ballan) in 04:34:10; 2. Colnaghi Luca (Trevigiani Campana); 3. Puppio Antonio (Team Qhubeka); 4. Benedetti Gabriele (Zalf); 5. Menegotto Jacopo (General Store); 6. Pesenti Thomas (Beltrami); 7. Baroni Alessandro (Gallina Ecotek); 8. Pietrobon Andrea (Ctf); 9. Mulueberhan Henok (Team Qhubeka); 10. Staune-Mittet Johanni (Jumbo Visma).