Jonathan Milan: the new illusion of Italian cycling

Tadej Pogacar, Remco Evenepoel, formerly Egan Bernal… These are names that we all have in mind and that several years ago stopped being promises to become cycling stars. However, this season we are finding unexpected surprises. And welcome. First, that of a Ben Healy who was uncovered in the spring classics as a serious alternative in the future to the dominators of this type of tests. The second in contention, like the Irish one from EF Education, we also find it in this Italy spin.

Is about Jonathan Milan, who at 22 years old achieved his first stage victory yesterday in a grand tour with a prodigious sprint on arrival at San Salvo. “My teammates (Bahrain-Victorious) have done a great job. They told me to stay put and they put me in the first positions so that I could do my own sprint. I am super happy”, explained the man from Tolmezzo, imposing, with his 1.94 meter height. Plethoric and incredulous, in equal parts, for what has been his first World Tour category win: “When I crossed the finish line in shock. First I thought about the falls I had before, the fatigue, the hard times. I also thought of my family, who would be watching. This victory means a lot to them. I never believed that I would win a stage of the Giro, but I knew that I was ready and I wanted to put myself there”.

milan new wearer of the cyclamen jersey of the points, He already warned of his enormous potential in the final stretch of last season, when he won his two first stages as a professional in the CRO Race, showing the great top speed that he treasures for sprints, as well as his power to finish off uphill finals. Some virtues that have earned him to become the youngest Italian to win a stage in the Giro since Giulio Ciccone, who won Sestola at the age of 21 in 2016. Don’t forget his name, because he probably hasn’t said his last word on this Corsa Rosa. Youth, divine treasure.

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