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Talent and planning


A hotbed of talent. This is probably the simplest and most effective way to sum up the Cycling Team Friuli, which for a few years now has been one of the most exciting young teams in Italy. The professionals in the peloton who have passed through Friuli are starting to be too numerous to ignore, from Giovanni Aleotti to Jonathan Milan, as well as Matteo Fabbro, Mattia and Davide Bais, without overlooking Nicola Venchiarutti, who closed fourth today at the finish line in Piazza Armerina in his Work Service Vitalcare Vega jersey.

Technology and innovation combined with a family environment that helps the boys avoid stress and cultivate their potential have made CT Friuli a nationally and internationally admired reality. It is no coincidence that from this year it has officially become the satellite formation of Bahrain-Victorious, which, after having tested the qualities of Jonathan Milan, will probably draw more frequently from Friuli from now on. On top of that, Roberto Bressan‘s team can also count on a laboratory that allows him to keep up to date on a sport constantly on the lookout for marginal gains, namely the CT Lab, a significant project for a team that mainly operates at youth level.

And then there’s Fran Miholjevic, arguably the most iconic rider for this 2022. His father is Vladimir Miholjevic, a former professional and probably one of the most representative cyclists in Croatian history, who raced in Italy with Liquigas and Acqua&Sapone and is now sports director of Bahrain-Victorious. Fran, however, is anything but a daddy’s boy and today he has proved it by winning among the pros before even turning pro. Which, at this point, would be surprising if it didn’t happen next year.

With his statuesque body, Fran is a modern rider who can defend himself on any route. Today’s reminded that of a classic, with lots of ups and downs and little room to breathe, and Miholjevic made the most of his power by waving goodbye to his breakaway companions and going solo for a dozen kilometres. The impressive thing is that he lost only a few seconds despite the fact that, at least for a while, the peloton seriously beat the crap out of each other in order to catch up with him.

He is only 19 years old; his margins are still to be discovered and it is right to let him grow slowly. In the meantime, tomorrow he can test himself on Mount Etna and enjoy the Maglia Giallo-Rossa as leader of the general classification. You never know, he might surprise us again…

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