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

Giacomo Nizzolo raced the Alpine stage race despite there being no sprint opportunities

Giacomo Nizzolo
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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.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.