Samuele Angelini from La Spezia raises his arms to the sky, first at the finish line of the Italian Individual Sprint Duathlon Championships organized by the Imola Triathlon company inside the Imola Enzo and Dino Ferrari racecourse. Double title, both absolute and under 23, for Samuele Angelini, holder of the class ’99 of the sports group Fiamme Oro, youth section based in La Spezia, who won his first overall title with a magnificent sprint on Michele Sarzilla in front of a magnificent audience. An exciting race with more than 800 participants who enlivened the Emilian motor circuit in the sprint course with 5 kilometers of running, 20 kilometers of cycling and another 2.5 kilometers of running. Behind Angelini and Sarzilla on the third step of the podium was the winter duathlon and winter triathlon world champion Franco Pesavento (Granbike) who, taking off his cross-country skis, was the protagonist of a race among the first from the first stages of the race. , obtaining a beautiful bronze medal. In the under-23 ranking behind Angelini, Alessandro De Angelis, registered with Minerva Roma and Alessio Crociani (Fiamme Azzurre sports group). “I’m very happy with my very first Italian title – comments Samuele Angelini happily -. There was a high level field with many great athletes and it was a very nice challenge to watch. After the first 5000, quite tight but not too much , we entered the exchange zone in about fifteen athletes, there were six of us on the bike and there were no particular attacks In the last stage of the race I felt good , my legs were turning well, I wanted to take Michèle in the sprint and I succeeded”. Focus now on the next important competitive goals, waiting for the Etu Cup in Turkey on April 17. The Fitri race (Italian Triathlon Federation) is really exciting, where in the first 5 kilometers of the race a group of 15 athletes with the favorites of the previous day immediately form in the lead. The first to try to escape is not Angelini, but Crociani, the leading group lengthens but the attempt fails. In the middle of the fraction, Sarzilla and Andrea Sanguinetti from Cesena Triathlon go on the counter-attack, the break in the group is created, but a few meters from the first transition the two leaders recover. Crociani and Sarzilla go out first and during the first of 4 laps the six go on the run with Barnaby, Sarzilla, Crociani, Angelini, De Angelis and Pesavento. On the final lap Barnaby tried to break away but was caught in the transition area with Crociani, Sarzilla, Pesavento and La Spezia’s Angelini close behind. The last 2500 meters of the race are decisive: Sarzilla takes the lead, but it is then that the astonishing comeback of Angelini begins, who hangs on then wins in the sprint with 50 meters as a great champion.
“Samuele grew up in the ranks of the Fiamme Oro and with the support of the Federation, from the youth categories – explains the director of Cnes, Paolo Amicarelli -. The under-23 podium was the objective, instead of crowning years of work, of a disciplined and sometimes sacrificed life, this title arrived in a high-level context. From now on, Samuele will be able to face the next international matches in the jersey of the Azzurri with serenity”.