Moscon takes Toscana victory

19 Sep 2018

Moscon takes Toscana victory

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Gianni Moscon claimed a second victory in a week with an impressive ride at the Giro della Toscana.

The Italian was able to out-sprint Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) in Pontadera after arriving at the finish in a three-man group alongside Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida).
Moscon once again benefitted from the superb work of his Team Sky teammates across the 198.9-kilometre race, doubling up after Saturday’s victory at Coppa Agostoni.
Stagiaires Mark Donovan and Ethan Hayter combined well to pull hard and keep the day’s breakaway within reach. The pair were also on hand to up the pace ahead of the final of three ascents of the Monte Serra climb.
Eddie Dunbar covered an early attack before Kenny Elissonde set about splintering the peloton on the rough ramps. Dunbar then took over and blew the group apart, riding clear with Moscon on his wheel, with the pair joined by Bardet and Pozzovivo.
Moscon accelerated towards the summit and the trio forged on to the finish. Dunbar was able to sit in behind and finished in the chasing pack.

Moscon was able to shut down a late attack from Pozzovivo and held his nerve in the final kilometre, with a strong sprint enough to hold off Bardet.

After the race a happy Moscon explained how the double victory is good for confidence before heaping praise on his teammates.

He told "I've worked and trained really hard during the last five weeks. To be able to come back like this is really nice and makes all the hard work worthwhile. The shape is really good and I hope to keep this shape up to the World Championships. Even after that there are still a lot of races and the season is still long.

"In both races the team have done a really good job. The young guys have surprised me as they are super strong. Everyone is doing their job, going deep and there is a big commitment from everyone. Today Ethan pulled the whole day, right from the beginning. It was a hard day for him and everyone did a great job. Also a special mention for Eddie - he did an impressive job on the last climb setting the tempo. The biggest part of this win is for the guys."

Moscon's run of form arrives on the eve of the World Championships in Innsbruck, with the Italian explaining that he is encouraged ahead of the race.

He added: "These wins are really good for the morale and they give me confidence. In the World Championships everyone is at the maximum level. But I feel ready and you never know, with a bit of luck anything can happen."

Race result:

1. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) 5:13:03
2. Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) s.t.
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida)v +5"
4. Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida) +1:22"
5. Marco Tizza (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.