If the Italian complaint was rejected, the Veronese (sixth) would be missing 22 points. “By the point race I made too many mistakes. But the leg is there”
The Italian delegation left the Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow late Sunday night, but the reason was not to celebrate the great Filippo Ganna, who had just won his sixth individual pursuit title. The Azzurri had complained to the jury at the end of the Omnium – the Olympic specialty – that the 34-year-old from Verona had ended up in sixth place with 158 points, not far from the podium: if the victory went to the Portuguese Leitao went With 187 points, 2 more than France’s Thomas, Viviani stayed 15 lengths behind Japan’s Imamura (bronze with 173) after remaining at the bottom of the standings until his retirement.
The complaint arose from the fact that according to the Azzurri – but not only France protested too – the points race (last lap) was very chaotic and the judges did not properly evaluate all the points and laps scored. Viviani would have missed 22 in a sprint, a lap (20) and a 2-point finish. “I did really well in the points race,” said the Rio 2016 Olympian in that discipline. This shows that the condition exists. I wasn’t happy with the start, I ran badly. The scratch, the speed race. And the retirement… It’s not normal for someone like me with this condition to finish tenth. I attacked immediately in the points race, it went well and I’m back in the overall standings.” Now Viviani is expecting the elimination (non-Olympic specialty) on Monday evening – around 8:30 p.m. Italian time – in which he became world champion in 2021 and 2022. “After the points race, I look forward to it with a different morale. We hope to make the trio.”
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