3 Eritreans in the top 10 Attilio Viviani First Victory 2020
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Attilio Viviani First Victory 2020! 3 Eritreans in the top 10
The young Italian Attilio Viviani, only 23 years old, started his season in style like that of his team Cofidis, who returned to the Tropics after six years of absence, taking the first stage between Bitam and Ebolowa in neighboring Cameroon.
Elia Viviani’s younger brother, one of the biggest sprinters in the peloton, also demonstrated that he went fast in sprinting. He won in front of the French Lorrenzo Manzin of the Total-Direct Energie team and the young Eritrean Biniam Girmay of Nippo-Delko Marseille, these two who had already won stages on the Tropicale in 2019.
“It’s a great satisfaction to open the victory counter from the first race,” said Alain Deloeuil, sporting director of the Cofidis team. All the guys worked hard to get Attilio into the sprint in the best possible conditions. “
He is the oldest of the Pierre-Luc Périchon team who had prepared the work by joining a breakaway made up of the Moroccan Adil Arbaoui, the Rwandan Moise Mugisha and the Eritrean Dawit Yemane. The Frenchman had managed to control the pace of this group when the peloton came back at high speed. The breakaway was condemned 30 kilometers from the finish and despite a final attack by the Rwandan Joseph Areruya, winner of the Tropicale in 2018, we were then heading for a massive sprint in the streets of Ebolowa where the public had responded.
Attilio Viviani, who was still an intern at Cofidis last summer, followed his brother Elia this winter in the French team, which came from the Deceuninck-Quickstep team. The younger brother hoped in Ebolowa that his older brother would copy him tomorrow during the first stage of the Tour Down Under in Australia.