There are only five days left until the test version of the Men’s Road Cycling World Championships in Wollongong 2022. The race that will conclude the World Championship is also the most awaited race, the one that fascinates the public the most with its history and tradition.
A few days ago, coach Daniele Benatti announced the list of the ten teams that traveled to Australia to complete preparations for the match. It has not yet been decided who will be the eight who will start and who will be given the role of reserve.
The Azores ten list is certainly not a heart-warming list that seems to lack a striker who can rival the biggest stars on the international scene. We know the not-so-exciting moment Italian men are going through on bikes and this team can only be a mirror.
Let us now analyze the seasons that the ten azurite go through, also taking into account and above all the results obtained and starting from what seems to be able to play the role of captain: Alberto Petitol. Tuscan wins in 2022 amount to zero fans. Despite this, his season has certainly not been bad, but several of the top 10, including second place on the Mende stage of the Tour de France, tell us well about a talented rider, but he is certainly not a “sequence winner”. A good Deutschland Tour and eighth place in the GP de Quebec confirm that the condition is still good, hopefully enough for a good result.
The one who used to win was definitely Mathieu Trentin, Benati could use him as a racing “director” and “second striker”, perhaps slipping into some interesting stunts. The second seal of 2022 came just six days ago, in the second stage of the Tour de Luxembourg. The competition was not comparable to what would happen in a world championship race, but the starting point proved to be very effective.
The third runner to watch for potential critical actions is Andrea Baggioli. His only win of the year came in March, far away on Barcelona’s prestigious stage of the Tour of Catalonia. The track on that day somehow reminded the Wollongong Road as it happened In the very last Montreal GP where the blue managed to get into the right attack, finishing third as a cheerleader Behind only two sacred beasts such as Tadej Pogacar and Wout Van Aert.
As for trientine, Filippo Zanna and Lorenzo Rota also scored two seasonal victoriesa total unfortunately is the maximum loot among the ten summoned. The two riders were among the smartest of the season and represented the most pleasant surprises with a blue switch. Zana’s pinnacle was undoubtedly her masterpiece, winning the Maglia Tricolore in the Italian Championships. On that day, it was Rota who finished second, in one of the many important positions that marked his season after a deserved seal in the second stage and in the overall classification of the mediocre Sazka Tour.
David Ballerini He arrived in Australia after an excellent run in the Luxembourg Grand Prix, where he took the podium twice and showed a good leg. For him, it was an unfortunate season full of physical problems, with acute illness only arriving in the fourth stage of the Giro de Wallonia. Self Samuel Batistella It was among the very few positive notes in an Italian key for another Vuelta (two second and one-sixth places before retirement), Nicolas Consci He has found good places in the “minor” races, including an excellent third place in the overall Tour of Norway. In the end Matthew Sobrero and Eduardo Avigne They will certainly be called upon for group missions, drawing on their skills as excellent routers. Despite a world time trial that didn’t consider them champions, Sobrero netted an important victory on the final stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia while Affini contributed to Jumbo Visma’s victory in the opening time trial of Vuelta, and he then had a day at Maglia Rossa.
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