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‘Tough’ but ‘nice’: The Tour of the Alps through the eyes of the race’s only sprinter

'Tough' but 'nice': The Tour of the Alps through the eyes of the race's only sprinter

Giacomo Nizzolo stood out in the peloton at the Tour of the Alps. The Italian is far from a big guy, but compared to the…

Sunday, Apr 24

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Giacomo Nizzolo stood out in the peloton at the Tour of the Alps. The Italian is far from a big guy, but compared to the featherweight climbers at the stage race, he might as well be Jonah Lomu or Mike Tyson. Lining up on the final day in Lienz, he looked like the only man who would be able to cope with the chilly rain.

The Alpine stage race is not designed for sprinters. There were 15,035 metres of climbing across the five days, at an average of 3,007 metres a day. The intermediate sprints classification was won by Thibaut Pinot, not noted for his speed.

Yet Nizzolo was there, and while he failed to finish the final stage in miserable conditions, won himself plaudits for making it round the vertiginous course over the first four days.

The Israel-Premier Tech rider explained: "It has been tough, but it has been nice. It has been good training, I have felt good on the climbs. For my circumstance, obviously, not as a climber."

He ended up here as a result of fate; the Italian broke his hand in a crash at Milan-San Remo last month, and was therefore forced to come to the Tour of the Alps in order to train for his big objective this year, the Giro d’Italia .

"I’m looking forward to the Giro," the 33-year-old said. "I think it was a really good preparation.

"It was weird, but in the end I knew it would happen. After the crash I had in Milan-San […]

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