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EXTRAORDINARY SEASON FINALE FOR SIDI AND THEIR CHAMPIONS - Il Lombardia, Paris-Tours, Milano-Torino, Giro dell’Emilia and Gp Beghelli.

A season already extraordinary in itself could only bring an exhilarating finale. In the last week of major cycling for 2017, the true stars were the champions from team Sidi, who rode to a remarkable winning streak of important victories.

Let’s start from the last ones time-wise.  On Saturday, October 7th, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) won the 111th edition of Il Lombardia. With a fantastic show of strength, “The Shark” crossed the finish line along the banks of Lake Como all alone, arms raised in triumph in front of an adoring crowd. This is his second victory in Il Lombardia after his 2015 win, which confirms him as a complete champion who can shine in the major tours (2 Giro d’Italia, 1 Tour, 1 Vuelta and 10 podiums for him) but also in the major one-day classics.  

This victory was also highly significant for Sidi, which opened and closed the season of major classics on a winning streak. In March Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) captured the Milano-Sanremo, the springtime classic also known as the flower classic.  Now in Como this October, victory went to Vincenzo Nibali, who won Il Lombardia, the autumn classic or the falling leaves classic, as it is called.  Seasons change, but the victories and Sidi champions remain the same. 

From Italy to France, Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step) was ready for a repeat on Sunday, October 8th, winning the 111th edition of the Paris-Tours. This is the second victory in this race for him as well, after the one he scored in 2015. This splendid victory closes out a fantastic season finale in which the rider from Trentino has won no less than 7 times between August and October (with 4 stages in the Vuelta).

These two victories would be enough to make us happy, but if we look back over the last week Sidi could celebrate other great achievements, too. Let’s talk about the Giro dell’Emilia on September 30th. A determined  Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida) won the race, and the Top5 all belonged to Sidi, with Vincenzo Nibali second, Rigoberto Uran third , Nicolas Roche fourth and Gianni Moscon fifth. Then, on October 1st, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) won the Gp Bruno Beghelli, with Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) in second place for Sidi as well. Not to mention the Milano-Torino on October 5th, where Sidi scored a triple on the Superga hill  with Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) first, Adam Yates (Orica) second and Fabio Aru (Astana) third.

 

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