In the closing stage of the Turul Romaniei, Matteo Malucelli finished third. It meant the first podium finish for the Chinese team.
The last stage in Romania was short and flat, on a circuit in Bucharest. China Glory Cycling took the responsibility for the chase, with Nazaerbieke Bieken and Xianjing Lyu having an important role to close the gap to the breakaway of the day.
In the final kilometers it was up to the Italian sprinter who joined the Chinese professional cycling team earlier this year. He ran a bit out of road, ultimately podiuming. “I came a little bit too far from behind. A third place was the maximum result possible”, Malucelli said after the finish.
The Italian did not feel superb during this week in Romania, however, he felt the pressure to carry out the best of his ability during the closing stage as the team’s support had been huge.
Malucelli: “I did not have the best week of my career. I did not feel super strong, but I wanted to give one last go here in Romania, especially as they worked so hard all stage long for me.”
“We have one more race to go, in Langkawi, and I hope to be there among the best sprinters as well.”
Meanwhile, Lucas de Rossi also scored UCI points with his 19th place in the general classification.