Fabio Aru’s feat at the cycling Tour de France. The Sardinian rider, fresh champion of Italy, won by detachment in the 5th stage, which started from Vittel and ended in Planche des Belles Filles, after 160 kilometers.
Aru started in the last three kilometers on a solitary break, inflicting a 16 “gap to Daniel Martin, 20” to Chris Froome and Richie Porte, third and fourth respectively. Fifth, trailing 24 ″, Romain Bardet. Nairo Quintana was ninth at 34 “, preceded in eighth place by the Spaniard Alberto Contador, who reached the finish line after 26” from the winner.
Englishman Chris Froome and the new yellow jersey. The Team Sky rider has a 12 ″ lead over his teammate, Welsh Geraint Thomas, and 14 ″ over Aru.
“I am so happy. I won the Vuelta, I won the Giro, I missed the Tour and it was a dream. I believe, however, that they will realize the significance of what I have done only in a few hours. Beating Froome will be difficult, but we will try to the end ”. Fabio Aru again after his triumph in the uphill arrival at Le Planche des Belles filles. “I had studied the ending watching the video of Vincenzo Nibali’s success in 2014”.
1. Fabio ARU (Astana) 160.5 km in 3.44’06 “, average 43.000 km / h; 2. Daniel Martin (Irl, Quick-Step) at 16 ”; 3. Chris Froome (Gbr, Sky) at 20 ”; 4. Doors (Aus, Bmc); 5. Bardet (Fra) at 24 “; 6. S. Yates (Gbr) at 26 “; 7. Uran (Col); 8. Contador (Spa); 9. Quintana (Col) at 34 ”; 10. Thomas (Gbr) at 40 “. Ranking: 1. Chris FROOME (Gbr, Sky); 2. Geraint Thomas (Gbr, Sky) at 12 ”; 3. Fabio Aru (Astana) at 14 ”
Football, as we know, is a sport full of thrilling, exciting stories of redemption and defeat, a sport that gives emotions in any form. But this story surpasses them all, and magical, poised between reality and legend, as the stories of a distant time know how to be.
It is a story that tells of a man who, in order to defend the fruit of the victory of his team, of his nation, opposed a strong power, difficult to stop which, at the time, seemed almost unstoppable. And the story of Ottorino Barassi and his defeat to the Nazis for the Rimet Cup.
THE RIMET CUP
The Rimet Cup was the cup that was given to the winning team of the World Cup from 1930 to 1970 before the advent, from West Germany ’74, of the World Cup. The cup bore that name from its creator, the lawyer Jules Rimet , a French lawyer with a vice of football, president of FIFA, who had it made by a skilled Parisian goldsmith in 1929, in view of the first world championship that would be held in Uruguay. It was not an imposing cup, the Rimet Cup: it measured only thirty centimeters, in the shape of a winged victory holding a decagonal cup, marble pedestal and weighed only 3,800 grams, with 1,800 grams of gold.
There are many stories that have followed one another with reference to this trophy, such as the one told by Fulvio Paglialunga in an article for the Last Man with reference to his journey by ship on an Italian steamship, the Conte Verde, towards the first World Championship of history, in Uruguay in 1930 .
Stories of a past time that, heard today, cannot but involve: the participating teams that went up to the various berths of the ship – Italy and Romania from the departure from Genoa, then France, Belgium in Barcelona and Brazil in Rio after a long 15 day crossing . Or again, the players who trained on the decks, with the ball ending up in the sea to the obvious annoyance of the other, disinterested, passengers.
Arrived in Uruguay, the Rimet Cup remained there for 4 years after the legendary Maracanazo . But in 1934 the trophy took the road to Italy and in Rome it remained after the great victory of the Azzurri in the home world championship, replicated four years later in the French world championship thanks to the blows of Colaussi and Piola that annihilated the fearsome Hungary.
THE DOUBLE STEP TO HITLER
And it is precisely in this period that our history fits together . After the French World Cup, Italy presented itself as a power to beat even for the next World Cup in 1942, but the Second World War did not allow the event to take place.
And the Rimet Cup
The trophy had to stay in Italy,last holder of the title and in Italy, in fact, it was kept in the safe of a bank . But someone believed that this place was not so safe in times of war and I think it is a good idea to take it to take it to her house: Ottorino Barassi .
Risky choice, no doubt about it . Yes, because, perhaps due to the symbolic value of the heirloom which, in the Hitlerian delirium, would have made Germany invincible, the Fuhrer ordered the Gestapo to recover the trophy and the soldiers appeared fierce at the Barassi home to take it by force.
But the Nazi soldiers had not reckoned with Barassi’s cunning: he denies, says that there is nothing about this Cup, that he has heard of it but never had it in his hands.
The search leads nowhere and the danger has escaped. The Germans, in fact, do not check in the most classic place to hide something precious: under the bed. There is a harmless shoe box, nothing suspicious, but the precious Rimet Cup rests inside .
And so it was that Ottorino Barassi “saved” the Rimet Cup from the Nazi assault, making fun of the most violent and feared army of the time with a simulation worthy of a raptor from the penalty area, a feigned genius, a purebred playmaker.
It will also be for this reason that since 2011 it boasts an acknowledgment to the memory in the Hall of Fame of Italian football
We do not know, but certainly this story deserves to be told because it has the flavor of myth, of legend and tells of a very special “hero” : Ottorino Barassi, who took a double step to Hitler to win the Rimet Cup .
Michele De Martin
This is the story of a South Korean tennis player with excellent hopes, able in 2013 to become, at 14 years and 321 days , the second youngest player to enter the ATP ranking (after the American Stefan Kozlov), conquering the first point thanks to the victory over Masatoshi Miyazaki at the Tsukuba tournament.
But why tell, among many others, the story of this boy of high hopes
? Because it is a story that is incredible, that is difficult to understand, that is good for tennis and sport in general, because it speaks of an athlete who, thanks to his willpower and his tenacity, he managed to defeat the extreme difficulties that life has reserved for him since his birth , carving out a leading role in tennis for the greats. We are talking about Lee Duck-Hee, the deaf tennis player .
Lee Duck-Hee was born in Jecheon City, South Korea on May 29, 1998. At the age of 7, in 2005, he officially discovered he was deaf. Around the same time, the family decided to let him try a tennis racket, thus making him follow in his cousin’s footsteps. A choice that could not have turned out to be more appropriate .
Right from the start he established himself as one of the most promising talents to emerge in recent years thanks to an aggressive and bubbly tennis but the difficulties have always been extreme. Inevitable, in fact, the consequences of hearing loss: Lee Duck-Hee cannot hear the line judges, cannot hear the opponent, cannot hear the noise of the ball. He can only and exclusively feel the vibrations of his racket. But that was enough to allow him to reach the 131st position of the ATP world ranking and to get one step away from the main draw of the Australian Open, being ousted from the Rod Laver Arena kermes only in the last qualifying round by the other rising star Alexander Bublik .
On the other hand, to understand the temper of the Asian baby phenomenon, it is enough to follow the meaning of his statements:
“The most difficult thing is communication with the referees and line judges, not being able to hear their indications. Especially when they call the ball out and I keep playing. It’s a bit difficult, but nothing sensational or impossible . ”
“My deficit does not worry me, on the contrary, it helps me to focus on the game, avoiding distractions. It is even comfortable to play like this “.
He words when he grows up, as a man able to dominate the disability, transforming the disability into a strength. Chapeau.
Lee Duck-Hee has already made it into professional tennis history in 2014 when, at 16 years and 1 month, he won his first future title, in Hong Kong. He was the sixth youngest ever to win a professional tournament. And before him
Richard Gasquet , Mario Ancic , Andrey Rublev , Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. If we exclude the Russian who has not yet fully demonstrated his talent – but his age and age – there is not much to add on the other names mentioned.
With these assumptions, it is difficult to speculate where Lee Duck-Hee will go. He certainly dreams big (and how could it be otherwise
) and aspires to follow in the footsteps of his long-time idol, that Roger Federer whom, as a child, he had the opportunity to meet personally while Roger was in Seoul for an exhibition:
” It was amazing to see him. I would like to be like him one day, and play like him ”.
perhaps. The dream of many
For sure. But ordinary aspirations take on a very special flavor if they are presented to a non-ordinary boy like Lee Duck-Hee, a champion in silence.
Michele De Martin
A year has already passed since one of the greats of football, according to some the greatest, left us at the age of 68, swept away prematurely by a cursed disease that wore him out in just six months without giving him a chance. We are talking about Johan Cruyff.
Johan Cruyff was football . He was a universal footballer, one who could boast of sharing the space in the collective imagination with the elite of the ball and of being recalled in the speeches of fans alongside names that have marked their eras and that are scary only to pronounce them, such as Pele and Maradona, Di Stefano and Puskas and, coming to the present day , Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
A CAREER OF SUCCESS
His career has been studded with successes, at home, with 9 Dutch championships won between Ajax and Feyenoord and abroad, with the victory of the Spanish championship in 73-74 with the Barcelona shirt and he has also had the blessing of European competitions. , thanks to the 3 European Cups won with the “Lancers” together with a UEFA Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.
But his greatness has also been certified by the successes on an individual level if it is true, as it is true, that, until the arrival of the “cannibals” Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he held, together with two poets of the caliber of Michel Platini and Marco van Basten, the Ballon d’Or recordawarded by France Football: 3 (in 1971, 1973 and 1974), also being elected second best player of the twentieth century, (behind Pele but ahead of Maradona!), in the special ranking drawn up by the IFFHS.
His leadership brought him to great results also as a coach, where, in the 11 years of careers at the helm of Ajax and Barcelona, he was able to win 4 Spanish championships, 1 Spanish Cup and 2 Spanish Super Cups, 2 Cups Netherlands, 2 Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 1 European Cup. Yes, because Cruijff is one of the seven coaches to have won the Champions Cup after having won it as a player : in the company of Miguel Munoz, Giovanni Trapattoni, Josep Guardiola, Frank Rijkaard, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane.There isn’t much to add .
THE 1974 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
But it is with the national team that the greatness of the “white Pele” exploded in the most evident and clear way, even without raising any trophies. Cruyff was in fact the soul of the Netherlands national team who at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany was able to invent a new way of playing football, a model that was based on continuous movement without the ball and on the systematic application of pressing and offside. The totaalvoetbal, total football . We could define it as an embryo of the modern tiki-taka.
The 1974 national team, led by one of the theorists of this expensive and spectacular football, Rinus Michels, it was a wonderful machine that, today we would say, looked like it came out of a video game. And Johan Cruijff was its emblem, a performer who reduced champions of the caliber of Rep, Rensenbrink and Neskeens to mere supporting actors, who followed the continuous movement of their leader as followers, as in a fluid and at the same time aggressive dance.
The greatness of the achievements of that team in that World Cup is even more sensational if you think that it was internally exhausted by a thousand frictions and envy, also due to the extreme choices of Michels who had formed it by creating two irreconcilable blocks that saw the two ends oppose the Ajax and Feyenoord players .
Despite incurable fractures, the Tulips are on the fieldthey were one, an orchestra perfectly in tune and with a single conductor, which, after an easy qualifying round, with victories over Uruguay and Bulgaria and a draw with Sweden, was able to smash, among others, Argentina with a resounding 4-0 and Brazil with a sharp 2-0 reaching the final with the hosts of West Germany .
And the Olympiastadion final also seems to start under the best auspices. Ready-away and the ball and the Tulips who, with an incredible series of quick passes bring the ball into the penalty area, Cruijff aims for the goal and is spread by Berti Vogts, and a penalty, which Neskeens realizes. At the first turn of the clock we are already 0-1 for the Netherlands and Germany have yet to touch the ball .
But you know, the Germans never die and, thanks to the determination of Vogts, the class of Beckenbauer and the goals of Breitner and the usual, deadly, Gerd Muller managed to overturn the result and win the game with a score of 2-1. . A bitter ending, one step away from the dream, that the Tulips certainly did not deserve .
This was undoubtedly Cruijff’s highest point with the national team . After that experience, there was a third place in the 1976 European Championship and the non-participation in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, but the performances of that German World Cup will forever remain etched in the memory of all fans., not only of those who were lucky enough to experience them firsthand. And believe it, they gave the Dutch football movement the push to reach what, to date, remains the only football triumph: The victory at the ’88 European Championship where Van Basten (with the most beautiful goal in history) and Gullit got the better of Russia, in the match between the Golden Balls with Belanov . As it happens again in West Germany, again at the Olympiastadion, again with Rinus Michels at the helm: almost a revenge of the 1974 defeat.
Cruijff was a born leader and this made him an uncomfortable character in the locker room. There are countless quarrels and diatribes with teammates who have perhaps limited his use in the national team. But, under his armor as a determined man, he beat the heart of a real man, attentive to the social, so as to give life to a charitable foundation, the Johan Cruijff Foundation and to become the testimonial of a famous anti-smoking campaign.
We just have to remember him on the day of the first anniversary of his death. A dark day, that 24 March 2016, which took away from the world a great champion and a great man, the Prophet of Goal.
Michele De Martin
Sometimes the most sensational goals are achieved by the least likely characters, athletes who work in anonymity, away from the spotlight as hidden heroes and then, when you least expect it, steal the limelight from the most famous champions with a real coup de theater.
This is the story of a record holder . But not of a well-established and acclaimed phenomenon from the whole world, which can boast contracts at stratospheric figures with top teams or famous sponsors. It is the story of Kazuyoshi Miura, the record holder you don’t expect .
A few days ago the news came that Kazuyoshi Miura has become the oldest player to have played a professional football match . The Japanese bomber, aged 50 and seven daysi led Yokohama FC’s attack in the match against V-Varen Nagasaki, valid for J-League 2, the second level of the Japanese championship.
An incredible record, the extent of which can be understood if we consider that, until that day, for 52 years it belonged to a milestone of world football such as Stanley Matthews, the first golden ball in history , who at 50 years and 5 days I play his last game with the Stoke City shirt.
A RECORD LIFE
But if you look back, the story of Miura has something of legendary from the beginning , that something that makes it magical, beyond reality.
Kazu leaves Japan still very young, at 15, moving to the very distant Brazil to seek his fortune in the world of football. Definitely an extreme choice, but one that perfectly follows in the footsteps of the champion who in those years was inflaming the dreams of the kids of the Rising Sun: Oliver Hutton of Holly and Benji .
He miura the cloth has it. He was hired by the Club Atletico Juventus of San Paolo where he made his bones for 4 years until he moved on to the more noble Santos (yes, that of Pele and, more recently, Neymar ), changing his shirt every year until 1990 when, seen that his career does not take off despite the victory of the Paranaense championship in 1990 with Coritiba, he decides to return to his homeland, at the Verdy Kawasaki in Tokyo.
In Japan, Kazu’s class is a luxury and his performances tickle various clubs, including Genoa owned by President Spinelli, who bought him in the summer of 1994. Here is Miura’s first record: he is the first Japanese footballer to play in Serie A , the ram that paves the way for the oriental market in Italy which I then see the arrival in the beautiful country of the various Nakata, Morimoto, Nakamura, Nagatomo, Honda and associates.
And it matters little that his season is to be forgotten: 21 appearances and only one goal, but with a very particular value, because it was achieved in the derby of the Lanterna against Sampdoria (then won by the Sampdoria 3-2). In his little one, perhaps, this too is a record .
After this Italian parenthesis, Kazu returns to his homeland where he continues to make the fortunes of his teammates, allowing himself a few trips out of town, first to Dinamo Zagreb and then to FC Sidney, but leaving meager memories of himself.
At home, on the other hand, Miura is a legend , both at club and national level, of which he is the second best scorer in history with 55 goals in 89 games and with whom he won the Asian Cup in 1992 but with the regret never having participated in a World Cup. And of course he holds another record: that of the oldest scorer in the history of the Japanese league , a result reached on 7 August 2016, when he scored against Cerezo Osaka.
One wonders what is the secret of this quiet fifty-year-old who doesn’t even think about stepping aside after 32 seasons as a professional . Probably the answer is contained in the words of Miura himself during the ritual interview on breaking the last record of his incredible life:
“Honestly, I don’t feel like I’ve beaten a legend. I may have surpassed Matthews as a career longevity, but I can’t compete with him, with his numbers and his past. I like football, and my passion hasn’t changed. I am no longer young, I struggle physically, but I am still very happy if my team wins or if I can play well. As long as I have fun, I will continue to play ”.
Humility, passion and work culture: the winning recipe.
Michele De Martin
This is the story of Michelangelo Rampulla , a reliable, upright professional goalkeeper.
A goalkeeper who made his career in low-flying teams before taking away great professional satisfactions as a reserve in Juventus , where he won everything at national level (4 Scudetti, 2 Italian Super Cups and 1 Italian Cup) and almost all at international level (1 Champions League, 1 Uefa Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup) without ever being able to make his debut in the senior national team .
Rampulla in high grip But what makes this story special is that it is not about the ability between the posts or in the exits or the ability to lead the defense of Rampulla, but the unexpected of himnose for goal .
It was February 23, 1992 : exactly 25 years have passed since the then Cremonese goalkeeper succeeded in a feat in which, until then, no goalkeeper had succeeded. Score a goal on play .
The match is Atalanta – Cremonese . The grigiorossi are not sailing in good waters – at the end of the year they will be relegated – and they are below in the score thanks to a penalty scored by the Brazilian elf Bianchezi. Now the game is running out, and the 92nd minute, and the Cremonese’s hopes of comeback are reduced to a flicker. The classic situation where you have to throw the ball in the pile and hope .
A free kick from a tight angle, kicked from the left to return, and hopes come true: a Cremonese player bursts into the small area and scores the equalizer with a kick worthy of a vintage Pruzzo . It is Dezotti
It is Florjancic
No. It is Michelangelo Rampulla, who launched with his explosive force into the bedlam of the Atalantine area to assert his 187 cm height.
This is what transforms the goal into a legendary feat that earns the Messina goalkeeper the stripes of a hero and an undying place in the hearts of the Cremonese fans.
Before Rampulla, in fact, no goalkeeper had managed to score a goal from play, as a consummate bomber: they had a few goals to their credit the legendaryRigamonti , but on a penalty kick, and Sentimenti IV , goals scored in some matches in which he had juggled from the right wing when he played in Lazio, in that mid-century romantic football in which oddities of this kind were possible. After him only one other succeeded: Massimo Taibi in 2001 in a Reggina – Udinese.
Not bad for a goalkeeper who had the honor of playing with champions of the caliber of Baggio , Zidane and Del Piero and who won everything there was to win in the 10 years of militancy in Juventus but as an illustrious supporting actor, as a reserve player. certainly trustworthy, as a locker room man, and not as an absolute protagonist.
On that cold February afternooninstead he knew how to take the stage exclusively, releasing that dose of madness that is needed to rise from anonymity and conquer a place in history.
A quarter of a century has already passed, but it’s like it was yesterday.
Michele De Martin
The 2016 just ended was characterized by the appearance on the world stage of some interesting prospects for the future of tennis, young rampants ready to leave their mark on stages of primary importance.
But what national movement seems to be the main supplier of new generation of tennis that counts
without a doubt good old Russia .
It was from the time of Kafelnikov and, shortly after, Davydenkothat there was not such a clear and evident ferment in the Soviet panorama.
In the shadow of good old Youzhny who tries, with mixed success, to play the last cartridges thanks to his innate class, maintaining a more than dignified n. 70 ATP and Andrey Kuznetsov (45 ATP) who never seems to be able to overcome the step necessary to enter the “big”, we see at least 2 young people with a probably radiant future coming forward with great strides from Eastern Europe: Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev.
KAREN KHACHANOV – Without a doubt he seems the most ready of the 3. Already an ATP title in the game bag , after the great victory in Chengdu against Ramos Vinolas, however, did not confirm the good impressions of the summer at the beginning of 2017.A little Berdych a little Cilic for the experts (in the opinion of those who write a lot of Raonic), the current n. 52 of the world has blows and power from a phenomenon but lacks in what is the fundamental requirement of today’s tennis (Murray n. 1 and testimonial): continuity.
2017 can be the year of confirmation even if the defeat in the first round of Doha at the hands of the certainly not irresistible Taiwanese Yen-Hsun Lu and the one without appeal with the Sock listed in Melbourne show that the young man has yet to turn.
DANIIL MEDVEDEV– probably the least sparkling prospect but undoubtedly the one that seems to have precisely that magical ingredient we were talking about before: continuity. The dry 96 Muscovite, entered continuously in the circuit of the greats in 2016 with the round of 16 in Hamburg and the quarter-finals in Moscow after defeating none other than Victor Troicki as best results, and complete tennis player in both fundamentals, among which the forehand certainly stands out anomalous with which the point is almost assured. Weak points
Probably the second serve too soft and little worked and the small physique (1.96 for a scant 80kg) which should be reinforced to further increase the power of the blows.
Without going too far from Red Square, we find another bomber of undoubted qualities that tickles our imagination: the Russian native (but since 2016 naturalized Kazakh) Alexander Bublik.
ALEXANDER BUBLIK – the boy (class 97) showed off with a respectable 2016 (he started 964 ATP and finished 206) with a significant exploit in the home tournament (Moscow) where he reached the semifinals before being defeated from the solid Carreno Busta, then winner of the tournament. The beginning of 2017 is also promising where he has already collected an important scalp like that of Lucas Pouille, n. 16 ATP, disintegrated in 4 sets (with a lot of 6-0 in the first) in the first round of the Australian Open, only to stop in front of Malek Jaziri. Undoubtedly he makes freshness and a great serve-forehand combination his best weapons but and perhaps still immature (even physically) for the big jump. We’ll see.
Wanting to unbalance, on whom to bet In my opinion MEDVEDEV is the one who will have the future in the immediate brighter.
Character, determination, calm in the decisive moments… I bet: in the first 30 by the end of the year.
Michele De Martin
The Germans are once again the great protagonists of an Under23 time trial, and they do so with a great team demonstration in the second race of the day dedicated to time trials at the 2016 World Road Championships in Doha. Marco Mathis
climbs the top step of the podium, 22 year old from Tettnang (a town in southern Germany, lying on Lake Constance), capable of setting the best time (34’08 ″ 09, average 50.799) starting second and therefore running without reference points. Behind him Maximilian Schachmann closes , trailing by 18 ”63; for him the second silver medal after last year’s one in Richmond. It would have been an all-German podium if the Australian Miles Scotson hadn’t finished in front of the European champion Lennard Kamna, able to overtake him by a handful of seconds, finishing in third place, 37 ”98 from the first. The two Azzurri in the race, Filippo Ganna and Edoardo Affini , respectively finish 14th (at 1’37 ″ 13) and 20th (at 1’59 ″ 53), far from the podium.
The long race dedicated to the Under 23s started around 10.00, after the award ceremony for the junior women who, we remember, saw the blue Lisa Morzenti get on the second step of the podium. There was expectation to see Filippo Ganna at work, a great protagonist in this under-23 season and a month ago second in the European time trial championship. It was hoped that the course, suitable for athletes capable of pushing the hard relationship, would allow him to climb further position.
Perhaps thanks to difficult climatic conditions, the Piedmontese never gave the impression of being in the race. In all the split times he always sailed around the 15th position, with a slight improvement in the final part. He finished in 14th place, 1’37 ”behind the winner, practically on the same level as Edoardo Affini, who had started about two hours earlier and who finished his effort in 36’07, in 20th place.
1. Mathis Marco (Ger) Km. 28.9 in 34’08 ”09, average 50.799;
2. Schachmann Maximilian (Ger) at 18 ”63;
3. Scotson Miles (Aus) at 37 ″ 98;
4. Kamna Lennard (Ger) at 42 ″ 30;
5. Asgreen Kasper (Den) at 50 ″ 58;
6. Powless Neilson (USA) at 54 ″ 17;
7. Curran Geoffrey (USA) at 1’05 ″ 45;
8. Bohli Tom (Sui) at 1’16 ″ 24;
9. Dunbar Eddie (Irl) at 1’21 ″ 59;
10. Scotson Callum (Aus) at 1’22 ″ 30;
14. Ganna Filippo (Ita) at 1’37 ″ 13;
20. Affini Edoardo (Ita) at 1’59 ″ 53.
Lisa Morzenti won the silver medal in the time trial women Juniors, while Alessia Vigilia finished in eighth place (at 42 “) and Elena Pirrone (at 43″) in tenth. A test made difficult by the heat and the wind, as was in the forecasts. In fact, from a technical point of view, the blue interpreted the first part of the race in the best way, recording the 2nd, 3rd and 4th best split times respectively. Then a slight decrease, mainly due to the wind, which favored athletes with other technical characteristics.
The Dutch Karlijn Swinkels won, able to push hard both in the first part of the race and in the second. The Dutchman had finished in sixth place at the European Championships a month ago when Lisa Morzenti climbed to the top of the podium, ahead of Alessia Vigilia. But today’s course, designed along a completely flat circuit, was more suited to the great levers of this athlete who collects the legacy of the American Chloe Dygert, winner last year in Richmond.
Lisa Morzenti’s medal breaks a fast for 14-year-old junior women. The last time a blue rose on the podium in this discipline was in 2002 with Anna Zugno, first, and Tatiana Guderzo, second.
“Great team result – commented Dino Savoldi -. We were with all 3 girls very fast in the first half of the race, then we gave up a little bit in the windier second part where more power was needed. Ours are lighter than those who have won. But we are so happy with no regrets. We start this world championship with great confidence and satisfaction. ”
Karlijn Swinkels (Ola) 13.7 km in 18’21 ″ 77, average 44.764; 2. Lisa Morzenti at 7 ″ 35; 3. Juliette Labous (Fra) at 21 ″ 35; 4. Schneider (USA) at 30 ″ 03; 5. Arensman (USA) at 34 ″ 05; 6. Brausse (Ger) at 34 ″ 26; 7. Eg (Dan) at 38 ″ 41; 8. Eve at 42 ″ 13; 9. Fasnacht (Aus) at 43 ″ 60; 10. Pyrron at 43 “67.
Change of guard at the top of the world also in the men’s team time trial for teams at the World Cycling Championships being held in Doha. The Etixx Quick Step conquers the world title in front of the BMC , who miss the trio by 11 ”, the same gap that last year had inflicted on the Belgian team (photo Bettini).
The rematch came at the end of a vibrant and uncertain fight until the last stretch, when the team of Tony Martin, Bob Jungels, Niki Terpstra, Yves Lampaert and Julien Vermote made a difference with an impressive progression. For the Belgian group this is a return after the titles won under the name Omega Pharma-Quickstep in 2012 and 2013.
Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Ossthey have to settle for the silver medal after the two consecutive golds in 2014-2015. However prestigious placement earned together with Rohan Dennis, Stefan Kueng, Taylor Phinney and Joseph Rosskopf.
Bronze at the Orica-Bikeexchange with Luke Durbridge, Alexander Edmondson, Daryl Impey, Michael Matthews, Svein Tuft at 37 ”12 from the winners, Team Sky follows, fourth at 54”, a few cents ahead of Team Lotto NL.Jumbo. Movistar, Giant-Alpecin, Katusha, Astana and Veranda’s Willems follow, closing the top ten,