Elia Viviani 'had to change tactic' to secure European champion's jersey

The Italian squad rode a near flawless race to defend their European title

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After losing his Italian national champion's jersey to Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), Elia Viviani ensured he won't have to wear his standard team jersey for another year after winning the European men's road race title in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

The Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider easily beat his team-mate Yves Lampaert after the pair distanced Germany's Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the closing kilometres to take the victory.

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