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REGGIO EMILIA, Italy – (VN) Alberto Dainese (Team DSM) defended Italian cycling after becoming the country’s first stage winner at the 2022 Giro d’Italia .
The 24-year-old claimed the biggest win of his career in Reggio Emilia after making a late dash for the line in the bunch sprint. It was only his second pro victory and his first at a grand tour, beating some of the world’s best fastmen in Arnaud Démare, Caleb Ewan, and Mark Cavendish.
Dainese’s victory quelled some discontent among the Italian fans and media, who had begun to question if the home country could make it to the top step of a stage podium. Speaking after his win, Dainese said Italian cycling was in a good place and it needed time to bring in the next generation of top riders.
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“We are always complaining about our results. It’s not that easy to stay at the top but at the same time we have to say that we have the European champion, and we have the world time trial title for the last two years,” Dainese said. “We need some time. There is a new generation coming. This year, Nibali will end his career and he has been one of the best riders in the world. We don’t […]