Gianluca Brambilla aka. Brambi
2016 was the season which saw Gianluca come of age and record an impressive string of results. It all started in Challenge Mallorca, where the Italian produced a fine solo performance which took him to the win, and continued throughout the spring in Strade Bianche (3rd) and Vuelta al Pais Vasco. But it was the Giro d’Italia where Gianluca really shined and lived up to his potential, taking a masterful victory in Arezzo and spending two days in the coveted maglia rosa.
In the second part of the season, the Italian proved a remarkable consistency by finishing second at the National Championships, 6th at Clasica San Sebastian and 7th in the Vuelta a Burgos, a preview of what was to come in September, when he won the most spectacular Vuelta a España stage in years, atop Aramon Formigal, for his second Grand Tour success of the season. In 2017, a year in which he is set to discover the Tour de France, the 28-year-old will look to build on these victories and bring his valuable contribution to the team’s successes just as he did so many times in the past.
UCI Ranking: 138
#Top-10 positions: 6
Race distance covered: 10921 km
Days of racing: 69 days