The first of many? Jonathan Milan was able to cheer for the first time in his Lidl-Trek uniform. The Italian powerhouse was perfectly defeated by his sprint train in a chaotic final – with another crash in the front posts. Our compatriot Arne Marit came second by a few bike lengths.
The peloton in the Tour of Valencia has learned its lesson.
On the first day, the large sprint blocks were still thwarted by some freebooters, but on day 3 the breakaway quartet was swallowed up three kilometers from the end.
The start of a nervous final, which was marred by a crash at the head of the race. Outsider Michael Matthews, among others, was defeated.
Yet there was one team that managed to keep a cool head in the chaos. Lidl – Trek ruthlessly cleaved to the final straight line with its sprint train. First our compatriot Edward Theuns and then Simone Consonni ensured that their new teammate Jonathan Milan was perfectly dropped.
The Italian summer transfer from Lidl-Trek did not betray the trust of his teammates and blew everyone away. Our compatriot Arne Marit finished second, just a few meters behind the Italian ruler.
A good start, is half done for Milan with his new team?