Monday, 16 July 2012

Another 'Moser' Makes His Mark


Though the Tour de France is currently taking centre stage in the world of cycling, it's important not to forget that another high(ish) profile race has been happening over the last 7 days. The Tour of Poland isn't everyones first choice of cycling entertainment especially when it clashes with the Tour, but it's a good race that usually gives us an insight into up and coming talent to keep our eyes on over the next couple of seasons. This year has been no exception with 21 year old Italian Moreno Moser winning overall today ahead of the likes of Rigoberto Uran, Alexandr Kolobnev and Sergio Luis Henao. If the name Moser rings a bell, then it's for good reason...

This young Moreno is nephew to Giro d'Italia winner and all round legend Francesco Moser, which makes him son of Diego, brother to Leonardo and Matteo and cousin to Ignazio Moser, all of which have competed professionally. However it will be his uncle Francesco whom Moreno will wish to emanate the most, by far the greatest of the Moser bunch, Francesco dominated the late 70's and early 80's, winning several of the monuments including Paris-Roubaix three times and being crowned 1977 World Road Race champion just highlights amongst a lengthy list of career victories. Moreno certainly has a lot to live up to but already he looks to be living up to certain expectations.

Having first come to my attention at Liquigas Cannondale as a neo-pro in 2011, Moser has since signed a 2 year professional contract and isn't disappointing. In his 2011 stagiaire season he racked up an impressive palmares:
 
1st, Giro del Medio Brenta
1st, Trofeo Gianfranco Bianchin
2nd, Trofeo Alcide Degasperi
2nd, Trofeo Città di Brescia – Memorial Rino Fiori
3rd, GP Città di Felino
3rd, GP Capodarco
5th Overall, Girobio
(1st, Stage 1, 1st, Stage 8)
5th, GP Palio del Recioto
 

Hi first professional season also hasn't gone to badly as so far he's racked up impressive wins in Trofeo Laigueglia and Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop and finished 3rd in the Italian National Road Race championships. No mean feet for a 21 year old starlet who this time last year was still a neo-pro. Add to that now his impressive Tour of Poland victory and we begin to get an idea as to just how good Moreno Moser can become. He is a good all-rounder who is always keen to attack and rides with a certain amount of panache which makes him an instant fan favourite. Along with the overall Moser won stages 1 and 6 of this years Tour of Poland, stage 6 being a particularly gutsy victory in which riders tackled 15 climbs, a grand total of 4400m of climbing before moser jumped away from the front of the Peloton in the closing kilometre to take the win ahead of Team Sky's Henao in a fashion which has become almost a signature move for Moser already having achieved his first professional victory in February 2012, at the Trofeo Laigueglia, after making a solo bid for victory in the closing stages and then repeating that feat in similar style at May's Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop, attacking out of a four-man lead group within the race's final kilometre.

If this race is a good indicator of future talent, then it shows that the new Moser on the block is set to have a bright future ahead of him and he may even be on the right track to achieving even perhaps the dizzy heights of his much admired Uncle...

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