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Good debut for the three trainees. Padun in the break for 160 k

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“At the morning team meeting, Sport Director told us to try to enter in the break – says 21-year-old Ukrainian Mark Padun – and I took the opportunity. I did 160 kilometers on the run and the bunch catched us with almost 20 k to go. I’m happy, I think I can have a chance among the pro riders”.

He and the other two young riders – Andrea Garosio and Andrea Toniatti –  they did the first race with Bahrain Merida’s jersey in the challenging Coppa Agostoni. “At first I suffered the high pace of the peloton – says Garosio – but then I had good feelings. It was a pity for the cramps on the last passes of Lissolo climb, but for the rest it was a good day”.

“I enjoyed it – smiles Andrea Toniatti – I thought it was tough, but I found myself at ease. Tomorrow the path is more suited to my features”.

On the finish line in Lissone, the Swiss Michael Albasini was first with Padun and Garosio arrived in the main group.

“The three trainees pleasantly surprised me – says SD Alberto Volpi – and in particular I must point out the great race of Mark Padun. It was a tougher ride than I expected but they did very well. Tomorrow I expect a much simple race and suitable for riders like Sonny Colbrelli or Niccolò Bonifazio”.

Tomorrow’s 99th edition of Coppa Bernocchi with departure and arrival at Legnano, northwest of Milan. Almost 200 kilometers with the peloton who have to deal seven times the challenging Valle Olona’s circuit (16.7 km with the GPM of Morazzone).

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