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Francesco Reda 2nd at Italian National Championships

 

It was another great result for Team Idea at this weekends Italian National Championship Road Race, adding to a ever growing list of successes this season. Francesco Reda fought hard in the final mountain climbs of the race, against strong performances from Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida), placing second overall in the race.  

 

From the 108 starting riders a group of six made it away from the peloton in the early stages of the race with Giorgio Cecchinel (Southeast), Marco Frapporti (Androni - Sidermec), Antonio Nibali (Nippo-Vini Fantini) Luca Sterbini (Bardiani CSF) and Filippo Fortin (CM Cycling Team) going clear. The break was never offer a sizeable gap, and with Lampre Merida in furious pursuit, the riders in the break were quickly absorbed back into the main Peloton.  A number of opportunist attacks were then made off the front of the peloton, but the Astana team responded quickly taking control of the race working together to lead out Nibali.

 

As the race came into the final kilometres Nibali took a well timed opportunity to attack during the final climb and it was only Reda and Ulissi that were able to hold his wheel. Ulissi fought hard to stay with Nibali, attempting to attack with no avail, whilst Reda kept his cool remaining just a few meters behind both riders. The brutality of Nibali’s break became too much for Ulissi and he split from Nibali’s wheel, Reda held on with gritted teeth in an attempt to bridge the gap back to Nibali but it was never enough. Riding hard Reda crossed the line in second place just 13 seconds after Nibali.

 

This was an important race for Francesco Reda and placing second offered some reprise from the recent cloud that still hangs over his head following his recent disqualification from the An Post Ras earlier this year, in May. Losing his position as race leader after it was claimed a team car assisted him for 1.5km of a climb helping him to get back to the main group of the race following an issue he had with his wheel. 

29 June 2015