It was the road season ending episode that we imagined for the Alpecin-FENIX team: a thrilling victory for one of our riders.

Xandro Meurisse won the Giro del Veneto with an impressive sprint ahead of Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates). The Italian race was held after a 9-year-hiatus in the cycling classic scene. It  was a very exciting competition, undefined till the very end when the Belgian rider arrived first after 03:54’:11’’.

Meurisse’s victory closes an outstanding 2021 road season for Alpecin-FENIX. It also sets the tone of the team for the recently started cyclo-cross season.

Celebrations were a bit bittersweet given the fact that Giro del Veneto was Petr Vakoc’s last professional cycling race. After a seven-year-old career, the former Czech champion decided to retire from the professional competitions to focus on new challenges. It’s been a pleasure for all of us to watch Vakoc rise and come back stronger. A huge “In bocca il lupo” on your future endeavors Petr.