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SONNY COLBRELLI IS THE NEW EUROPEAN CHAMPION

Photos (Credit: Photo Bettini | UEC)

2021 UEC Road European Championships – Trento – Elite Men’s Road Race Trento – Trento 179,2 km – 12/09/2021 – Sonny Colbrelli (Italy) – Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

Once again Italy has won the Men’s Elite European Road race title, this time with Sonny Colbrelli in Trento, in
front of the Italian public.

2021 UEC Road European Championships – Trento – Elite Men’s Road Race Trento – Trento 179,2 km – 12/09/2021 – Scenery – Fans – Supporters – photo Ilario Biondi/BettiniPhoto©2021

The current European Champion, fully supported by his national team, raced to victory after a two-man sprint
beating the Belgian Remco Evenepoel, with Benoit Cosnefroy (France) finishing third.

2021 UEC Road European Championships – Trento – Elite Men’s Road Race Trento – Trento 179,2 km – 12/09/2021 – Sonny Colbrelli (Italy) – Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) – Benoit Cosnefroy (France) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

After a particularly fast race, with pressure right from the start from Spain and France, the decisive action
happened approximately forty kilometres from the finish, instigated by Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) a leading
group came together including Marc Hirschi (Switzerland), Remco Evenepoel and Ben Hermans (Belgium),
Benoit Cosnefroy (France), Matteo Trentin and Sonny Colbrelli (Italy), Pavel Sivakov (Russia) and Markus
Hoelgaard (Norway).

2021 UEC Road European Championships – Trento – Elite Men’s Road Race Trento – Trento 179,2 km – 12/09/2021 – Scenery – Start – photo Ilario Biondi/BettiniPhoto©2021

Later in the race Remco Evenepoel then stepped up the pace in the final stages of the race pulling further
away from the leading group until only Sonny Colbrelli was behind his wheel.
The two-man sprint was inevitable and Colbrelli crossed the line well ahead of the Belgian cheered on by the
huge crowds.

2021 UEC Road European Championships – Trento – Elite Men’s Road Race Trento – Trento 179,2 km – 12/09/2021 – Enrico Della Casa (ITA – UEC President) – Renato Di Rocco (ITA) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

This is the sixth win of the season for Colbrelli, born in 1990, meanwhile the Italian national team won today
the fourth continental title in a row following the wins by Matteo Trentin (2018), Elia Viviani (2019) and Giacomo
Nizzolo (2020).

2021 UEC Road European Championships – Trento – Elite Men’s Road Race Trento – Trento 179,2 km – 12/09/2021 – Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

The next edition of the Elite Road European Championships will be held in Munich (Germany) from 14 to 21
August 2022 and the Juniors and Under 23 Championships will take place in Anadia (Portugal) from 7 to 10
July 2022.

2021 UEC Road European Championships – Trento – Elite Men’s Road Race Trento – Trento 179,2 km – 12/09/2021 – Scenery – Start – Duomo di Trento – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021
2021 UEC Road European Championships – Trento – Elite Men’s Road Race Trento – Trento 179,2 km – 12/09/2021 – Scenery – photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021