Sonny Colbrelli will race in his new European road race champion’s jersey for the first time on Wednesday at the Giro della Toscana one-day race, convinced he and Italy can go on to fight for the world champion’s rainbow jersey in Flanders in 12 days time.
Collbrelli celebrated his European title with the rest of the Italian national team on Sunday night, visiting Francesco Moser’s winery in the hills above Trento and opening some special bottles of sparkling wine.
"It wasn’t a simple win, it happened in Italy and against [Remco] Evenepoel and [Tadej] Pogačar," Colbrelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport, justifying his and Italy’s celebrations of a fourth consecutive European title.
"On Sunday Remco was stronger than I was but I was able to go with him, while [Benoît] Cosnefroy blew up. My mental strength made up for the bit of physical ability I was lacking. After cracking so many other times, I held my nerve and won."
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Colbrelli cited phrases from his mental coach. He has transformed a huge number of placings into victories with Bahrain Victorious in 2021, also winning the Italian national title, the recent Benelux Tour, and stages at the Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné.
"He taught me to give up only after crossing the finish line. He reminded […]