• Giacomo Nizzolo (R) had more punch in the Stage 1 finish. (AAP)Source: AAP
Giacomo Nizzolo claimed a punchy victory and overall lead on the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos.
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14 Aug 2019 - 10:06 AM  UPDATED 14 Aug 2019 - 10:07 AM

The Italian claimed his third victory of the season with an impressive finish on the steep, twisting climb to the finish in Burgos; throwing his bike to just edge Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural) with Michael Eduard Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) trailing.

Nizzolo also leads the points and mountains classifications for a sweep of the key jerseys before heading into the 155km second stage from Gumiel de Izan to Lerma.

"Today was the first stage with an uphill finish and I wasn't that confident in the beginning as last week wasn't so easy for me, the feelings weren't that good," he said. "But in the middle of the stage, I felt okay so I asked the team to pull in front to bring back the breakaway.

"I approached the final climb in second position and it was a tough final, a hard one but in the end, it worked out so I'm really happy for me and the team."

Nizzolo also paid his respects to 22-year-old Bjorg Lambrecht who was laid to rest in his home town of Knesselare, Belgium.

"Today is an important day for cycling, I want to give this victory to Bjorg Lambrecht," Nizzolo said.

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