Parisini Clinches Thrilling Victory at CRO Race
Nicolò Parisini powered to a spectacular victory at the CRO Race on Stage 3 from Otočac to Opatija this Thursday, September 28th, marking his first professional win and adding another feather to the cap of Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team.
28 September 2023
The 23-year-old from Voghera, Italy, raced aggressively and out-sprinted his competition from a select lead group. He narrowly edged out Tobias Lund Andresen (Team dsm – firmenich) and last year’s GC winner, Matej Mohorič (Bahrain – Victorious), in a heart-stopping finish.
The final 4km of the race were crucial. With all the climbs behind them, it was a test of nerve, skill, and strategy on the downhill. Parisini, took a momentary lead at the 2.5 km mark, glancing back to gauge the intentions of his competitors. As the peloton approached the final kilometer, a sharp left-hand hairpin turn awaited them. Parisini expertly navigated the turn, finding himself in the fourth wheel. Tactically positioning himself behind Mohorič, he timed his sprint to perfection, launching an early sprint that saw him cross the finish line first.
This season Parisini has been mainly on lead-out duties for teammate Matteo Moschetti, who has clinched two victories this year. However, this victory at the CRO Race is a testament to Parisini’s individual talent and determination.
“I’m really happy! It’s a big emotion! It’s my first year as a professional and my first pro victory. I’m really proud of myself and what I achieved. I have t say thank you to all my teammates and all the staff. This is just the start of what I hope will be a long career!” said Parsini.
“The final was really technical with narrow roads and tricky corners. I want do take the last climb in a good position and on the top I was third. Afterwards I knew it was important to take the corner at 800mts to go in the first three positions and I made it. In the last corner, with 250mts to go, I was third and after a few seconds opened my sprint and fortunately was able to take the victory.”