Controversy in Sabatini sprint; Bergen 2017 faces deficit: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

September 29, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli left fuming at Coppa Sabatini while Pasqualon takes biggest career win; Bergen 2017 organisation overwhelmed by donations in face of €7M budget deficit; Dimension Data renews with Anton, signs Welshman Scott Davies; Spanish climber Rafa Valls signs with Movistar for 2018; American Logan Owen signs with Cannondale-Drapac; Latour back to racing after broken pelvis at Tour de France; 2018 Tour de Yorkshire host towns announced; Video: Phil Gaimon’s Worst Retirement Ever takes on Flagstaff in Boulder, Colorado; Video: SRAM engineers party with eTap rear derailleur races; Video: The O Bike Rabbit Hole.

Colbrelli left fuming at Coppa Sabatini while Pasqualon takes biggest career win

by CyclingTips

Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) sprinted to victory at Coppa Sabatini Thursday ahead of compatriots Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni-Sidermec) to make an all-Italian podium. It was the biggest career win for the 29-year-old Pasqualon, but it was not without controversy.

An angry Colbrelli appealed the result, claiming that Pasqualon had deviated from his line, but the result held, meaning the top two finishers reversed their finishes from the 2016 edition, when Colbrelli beat Pasqualon in the same finale in Peccioli. This time around, however, the two riders did not shake hands on the podium.

“Colbrelli led out the sprint but I came off his wheel quickly so that I could chose my own line,” Pasqualon said. “He claimed I squeezed him against the barriers but I don’t think I did anything wrong. My chain jumped with 150m to go and I moved a bit but I didn’t change my line to stop him coming through. I think I deserved this win.”

Colbrelli had a different take. “We are not on the flat, here the arrival goes uphill and if you stop pedaling one or two pedal strokes, you can not get it back,” he said. “The race jury, however, has judged that Pasqualon’s sprint was clean. That’s fine. He knows he’s wrong. Even after the finish, he did not even apologize to me. I looked at him right away, but he held his head down.”

The 65th edition of Coppa Sabatini was nearly 200km, with a start and finish in Peccioli, a small village among the Tuscan hills. Along the route were several hills, with the day’s biggest climb in Chianti, as well as the uphill sprint finish. Pasqualon’s victory was Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s third in Tuscany in two days after teammate Guillaume Martin won stage 2 and the overall at the Giro della Toscana on Wednesday.

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Wanty - Groupe Gobert
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Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
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GAVAZZI Francesco
Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
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UAE Team Emirates
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Caja Rural - Seguros RGA