EF Education First Pro Cycling: Bettiol takes first pro win at Tour of Flanders pubblicato il 08/04/2019

Bettiol takes first pro win at Tour of Flanders

Team effort delivers EF Education First’s biggest victory

Alberto Bettiol reached the one kilometer marker 20-seconds ahead of the chase group in his wake. The Italian, six years a professional, without a victory to his name, was moments away from winning Tour of Flanders.

In the car behind him, Andreas Klier was urging Bettiol to dig deep, to forge forward.  

“I must have told him in every possible language to push to the finish,” said the EF Education First Pro Cycling sport director. “I wasn’t surprised that Alberto dropped them. That he held on? That was another story.”

Standing at the finish line was a highly emotional crew. There were EF Education First soigneurs Jon Adams and Alyssa Morahan and communication director Matthew Beaudin

“I might have cried a little,” admitted Beaudin.

He wasn’t the only one.

Back at the bus, 
who withdrew from the race following their early work, were watching their teammate bring it home. The rest of the Tour of Flanders team watched in different places — at the bus, on their phones along the Belgian roadsides. Sport director Charly Wegelius, viewing from home in Finland, had reliable coverage lacked by those in the race and fed crucial information to Klier and Ken Vanmarcke, both in the race cars. 

The EF Pro Cycling WhatsApp group comprised of 100+ EF Education First employees exchanged messages across countries and continents, sharing in the edge-of-your-seat excitement of Bettiol’s final pedal strokes.

“In the car, on the bus, at home, they believed in me, but I didn’t believe until 100 meters from the finish,” said Bettiol. “Then I turned back, and I could see I had the victory.”

When Bettiol turned forward again, he lifted his arms over his head and blew a kiss to the crowd awaiting his arrival. He pointed to the EF logo spread across his chest. He made an “I see you” gesture, pointing first to his eyes and then to the crowd as he rolled over the finish line.

Twenty seconds later, who shared leadership with Bettiol in Belgium on Sunday, punched his fist in the air in celebration as he contested the finish from the chase group.

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