Italian pro Alan Marangoni picks up maiden win in his last race before retirement
The Nippo-Vini Fantini rider proves it’s never too late
Italian professional Alan Marangoni has picked up his maiden win during his last ever race.
The Nippo-Vini Fantini rider is calling time on his 11-year career, signing off with a bang at the Tour of Okinawa on Sunday.
At 34-years-old, the former Cannondale WorldTour pro claimed his first professional win on the day he leaves the sport.
Marangoni said: “It was the perfect day I have always looked for in my career and I found it today.
“I took the risk of attacking in the last kilometres because I wanted to play all the cards to reach this goal I chased several times during my career.
“Crossing the line first and winning on a day that was already special for me was indescribably emotional.
“It was a month of sacrifice far from home, but I wanted to close my career in the best way.
“A fairytale ending that I have dreamed of many times and that today has become a reality.”
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Marangoni slotted into the decisive breakaway at the Tour of Okinawa one-day race.
The escapees built up eight minutes ahead of the chasers, but only four riders remained out front in the final 10km.
Attacks went on the final climb, but Marangoni was able to follow before he countered with 4km left to ride.
That attack stuck, leaving Marangoni free to cross the line ahead of Australian Freddy Ovett (Australia Cycling Academy).
Marangoni joined the WorldTour with Liquigas-Cannondale in 2011, staying with the outfit until he stepped down a level in 2016.
For the last two season he has ridden for the pro continental team Nippo-Vini Fantini – his last team as a professional bike rider.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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