Matthew Walls sprints to victory in Gran Piemonte: This win really boosts my confidence
Oct 08 2021 07:11 am CET

Matthew Walls sprints to victory in Gran Piemonte: This win really boosts my confidence
Matthew Walls sprints to victory in Gran Piemonte: This win really boosts my confidence
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Matthew Walls has taken the victory of the Gran Piemonte, as he crossed the finish line ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo and Olav Kooij.

The Italian one-day race was 168 kilometres long between Rocca Canavese and Borgosesia, and was expected to finish in a bunch sprint.

Early on the day, a small group managed to breakaway but the peloton worked hard to maintained them at bay and eventually sentenced the race to a bunch sprint.

The 32-year-old Briton of Bora-hansgrohe managed to stay at Matteo Trentin's wheel and at the last moment sprinted to beat the competition and crossed the line ahead of Nizzolo (Qhubeka-NextHash) and Kooij (Jumbo-Visma).

"We knew there was a good chance that the race would end in a sprint and the guys supported me well all day and brought me into in a good position for the finale," said Walls. "So I still had the legs to take the win. It was treacherous after the last roundabout as everyone was trying to position themselves well.

"I was able to hang on to some good rear wheels to get through the corners well and then ended up in a good position for the sprint. This win really boosts my confidence and shows that I can get results not only on the track, but also on the road."





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