It was on occasion – more than a year since his last victory Tour of Italy 2021 -, Alberto Pettiol (EF Education-EasyPost) returned to winning ways during the preliminaries Santos Tour Down UnderThis Tuesday. With a dry start to fourth place, not the case for many of his rivals, the Transsalpine rider was confident of a good 2023 season, 8 and 10 seconds ahead of the American respectively Magnus Sheffield (INEOS Grenadiers) and Dane Julius Johansson (Intermarch-Circus-Vandy). After his victory, the 29-year-old Italian admitted that he took advantage of the weather conditions to win.
Winning words from Efex Prologue winning rider Alberto Petiol.
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“I am very happy, but I realized that I was very lucky. I had a feeling I could do well, but success was a different story. There are great runners than me here, especially for such a preface. So I think Australia helped me a little bit. […] I enjoy this success Because this is the breed I love. I am very proud to have the captain’s jersey, but for the future Let’s see with the team. There’s still a week to go and the real race doesn’t start until Wednesday. It was only five kilometers“, declares the residentEF Education – EasyPost At the end of the prologue.
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