Elia Viviani seventh, day without medals for Italy

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Elia Viviani seventh

First day without medals in Paris for the Track World Championships. The Azzurri competing today returned to their hotels without celebrating anything, despite the fact that all their national teammates fresh with titles and world records were in the stands cheering them on.

You could see disappointment in their eyes and a few tears, as confirmed by Rachele Barbieri, competing in the Madison with Chiara Consonni. “We wanted to win, we are here to do well. Despite the very rich season we are still hungry.”

It is she who ideally represents the sentiment of the Italian movement that today also saw Elia Viviani, Miriam Vece, Vittoria Guazzini and Letizia Paternoster lined up.

Italy still ranks second in the medal table at 6 (3 golds and 3 silvers) behind the Netherlands with 8 (3,4,1) but ahead of France and Germany, tied for third (2,3,1).

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