Belgian Xandro Meurisse, from the Alpecin-Fenix team, achieved his fifth professional triumph this Wednesday – the first of 2021 – by winning the 84th edition of the Giro del Veneto, disputed over 168.8 kilometers between the Italian cities of Cittadella and Padua.
Meurisse, 29, beat a quintet of Italians in the final sprint led by Matteo Trentin (UAE-Team Emirates), second, and Alberto Dainese (Italian team).
They were followed by Simone Consonni (Cofidis) and Alessandro Covi (UAE-Team Emirates) and, unsuccessful among the Italians, the Colombian Jhonatan Restrepo (Androni Giocattoli), who fought unsuccessfully for victory.
Meurisse’s previous four wins were in the fourth stage of the 2016 4 Days of Dunkirk., the Druivenkoers-Overijse of 2018 and the first stage and the final victory of the Vuelta a la Región de Murcia in 2020.
He is the second Belgian cyclist, and the first in 47 years, to inscribe his name in the history of this race after Roger de Vlaeminck, who won in 1974.