In any sphere of life, it is always better to part ways with a smile, without rancour, respectfully and with the awareness that the journey has come to an end, plain and simple. That is pretty much the case between Andrea Bagioli and Soudal-QuickStep, who will part ways at the end of this season after four unforgettable years. And by the way, this has nothing to do with the numerous gossips that have been swirling around Patrick Lefevere’s team these days, because Bagioli had already signed with Lidl Trek long before these rumours came along.
Thus, there is nothing better than leaving with a victory in a prestigious Classic with such ancient appeal as the GranPiemonte, proving to be professional and motivated right up to the last metre. Bagioli has been one of the best prospects, if not the very best, in Italian cycling for a few years now, but in these first four years as a professional (all spent defending the Wolfpack colours) he has only sporadically managed to show his great talent.