BARDIANI CSF FAIZANÈ: SAMUELE ZOCCARATO IS THE FIRST GRAVEL ITALIAN CHAMPION.
The rider of Bardiani CSF Faizanè wins by dominating the first historic edition of the Italian gravel championship, with 100km of solitary breakaway. Behind him, Sacha Modolo keeps a good guard in the first chasing group, he is final third on the finish line in Argenta (FE).
Samuele Zoccarato is the first Gravel Italian Champion, winner and dominator of this first edition with 100 km of solo breakaway action that allowed him to be the first in history to win the title of this new specialty.
There were 5 riders from Bardiani CSF Faizanè at the start of this historic first edition of the Italian gravel championship. 120 km to go, 100 those rode by Samuele Zoccarato. Behind him, his teammates are also good at getting in and controlling the actions in pursuit of him. Sacha Modolo was present in the first group, closing with the third place of the day.
Samuele Zoccarato thus confirms his feeling with the Italian championships. After the third place in 2021 at the national road championships, the title of Italian gravel champion 2022 arrives for him. After the good condition shown this week at the Sabatini Cup (12th), the rider from Veneto shows off a great performance on the dirt road.
These are the words of Samuele Zoccarato after his arrival: “It was my second Gravel race, last year in the race organized by Pozzato I took too many risks and I crashed, it served as a lesson to me I was more cautious especially on stones. I knew I was beaten in the hardest and most technical sectors so I tried to anticipate by attacking. I didn’t expect to be alone so far from the finish-line and to do 90km solo but when I saw that I was gaining ground I continued in my action. In the end I had cramps but I was able to resist. Certainly this winter’s experience in cyclo-cross was very important even if I still lack a lot of technique. Today on the gravel the ground conditions were perfect “