IPT’s American neo pro Matthew Riccitello impressed at the Vuelta a San Juan, winning the Young Rider Competition and finishing in ninth place on the General Classification.

Speaking on his performance, 20-year-old Riccitello said he was happy to come away with a solid result to finish 1:41 behind winner Miguel Ángel López (Team Medellin – EPM).

Coming in to Vuelta a San Juan, I knew I had good legs but I didn’t expect too much from myself just being the first race of the year. The climb to Alto Colorado wasn’t perfect for me because it was only 4% and we averaged around 30kph, so I surprised myself a bit and am really happy with how that day went. And as a team we performed really well. I can’t help too much in the lead outs but the rest of the guys were able to keep Giacomo in good position for the final and he managed some really good results as well. Overall I think the race was great for the team.”

Along with Riccitello’s strong finish in the General Classification, Giacomo Nizzolo also enjoyed two podium finishes at the week-long stage race, including third place in the sprint on the final stage.

It was a great race in terms of atmosphere, and I really enjoyed racing here in Argentina as always,” added Nizzolo. “This week was about getting more racing miles and fitness in the legs, and it was great to be fighting for stage wins. I didn’t get the win in the end, but I’m still very pleased with my performance, and with that I can look forward to my next races.”