Hayter sprints to first pro victory

19 Sep 2020

Hayter sprints to first pro victory

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Giro dell'Appennino: Novi Ligure - Genova, 191.5km.

Ethan Hayter sealed an emphatic first professional victory as he won Giro dell'Appennino after a reduced bunch sprint. 

The British rider out-sprinted Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) and Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-Scott) to round off a consistent period of racing in Italy which has seen him record four podium finishes in September.  

Earlier in the race, the INEOS Grenadiers had worked hard to bring back the early breakaway, only for a counter attack to go clear.  

Carlos Rodriguez managed to join the break, but Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) attacked and went clear of the group as looked to spoil the sprinters' day.
However, Brambilla was brought back into contention with five kilometres remaining following hard work from Sebastian Henao and Gianni Moscon on the front of the bunch. 

This then positioned Hayter ideally, to sprint from the reduced lead group to record his first professional victory. 

Ethan Hayter

“After Coppi Bartali and especially the third stage there, which was similar to today, I had some confidence coming in to these races, knowing I was climbing pretty well and getting better each race. 

“It was great to finish off their work today, it was actually a tiny bit of a relief from pressure I had started to put on myself after these podium places and all the work they have been doing for me. 

“They controlled the race from the start, making sure the right kind of break went away and then riding to keep the gap close enough and to keep us out of trouble at the front. 

“Carlos got in the small group that attacked on the main climb, and Sebastian and Gianni did most of the pulling to get that group back, and then stop any more attacks going. They positioned me just where I wanted to be for the finish as well so I can't thank them enough.”