TRACK | 21/10/2021 | 19:34
by Paolo Broggi
Jonathan Milan, Liam Bertazzo, Simone Consonni and Filippo Ganna bring Italy back to the top of the world and complete an extraordinary year! World Champions after winning the Olympic title! Italy rode in 3.47.192, repelling the onslaught of a France – Thomas, Tabellion, Denis and Boudat – very good at keeping up with the Azzurri up to 400 meters.
Italy had not won the world championship since 1997 when Mario Benetton, Adler Capelli, Cristiano Citton, Andrea Collinelli won in Perth.
Bronze medal to Great Britain that got the better of a renewed Denmark, which broke up in the last laps.
In tears Liam Bertazzo: «In this race I have put all the suffering of these years, I can’t really explain how happy I am».
Simone Consonni he explains: «A beautiful victory, if you think that before this year I hadn’t even won a European title … Alice, my girlfriend, had always told me that everything would come back and she was right. I have always said that I would have preferred to win with the quartet because this competition is the symbol of unity, of strength: for all of us, being members of the quartet is really something special. And on the podium we brought all those who contributed to this success. We knew that France were a tough opponent, but we also knew that we had a table that they could not keep ».
Francesco Lamon he encouraged the boys from the balustrade: «This world championship has confirmed the strength of our group, an exceptional staff, a wonderful national team. By changing the pieces the result does not change, this gives us hope for the future ».
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