Moschetti claims stunning victory at GP d’Isbergues
Matteo Moschetti sprinted to victory at Grand Prix d’Isbergues – Pas de Calais this Sunday, September 17th, and claimed his second win of the season, the sixth for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team.
17 September 2023
The 27-year-old Italian outsprinted former World Champion Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) and Arnaud Démare (Team Arkeá Samsic) in a tightly contested bunch gallop, after an impeccable lead out from teammate Nicolò Parisini.
“I’m really happy to get this victory! We did a great race as a team with Tom (Devriendt) at the front so the rest of us could stay relaxed in the peloton. A lot of teams wasted a lot of energy chasing and we were just sitting there waiting. We caught Tom really close to the finish line and the boys did really well to put me and Nicolò (Parisini) in a good position, two kilometres from the finish line,” said an enthusiastic Moschetti.
“After that, Nicolò was amazing in the positioning, putting me in the wheel of Démare with 200m to go, who then started his sprint. I launched my sprint at the same time and in the end it was super close with Mads (Pedersen). We had to wait several minutes before the confirmation came and, when it did, we were all extremely happy! This is an important victory for the team. The atmosphere is incredible and we will continue to keep fighting!”
Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team’s Tom Devriendt played a pivotal role in the team’s success during the 197.6km race that started and ended in Isbergues, France. The Belgian was part of the breakaway of the day, joining six other riders who opened a gap of over two minutes and 30 seconds and stayed away until almost the very end.
Their relentless effort kept the peloton at bay until a nail-biting 500 meters from the finish line, when they were ultimately reeled in, setting the stage for the bunch sprint that concluded with Moschetti’s explosive victory.
“We got away with after 15km or so. The team wanted someone in the break and I went all in to make sure the break would stick. We had a good cooperation in the breakaway and in the final lap we were still half a minute ahead. With 2km to go I still believed we had a good chance but the peloton timed it well and caught us in the final 500m. Regardless, I had a good day and I’m happy for Matteo and the team that he took the victory,” said Devriendt.
Moschetti, who had already 15 top-10 placings this season, including the triumph in Clàsica de Almeria, returns to the top step of the podium, after an impressive show of collective strength from the entire Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team squad.