Bonifazio takes the 5th place at the first stage on Tour Down Under 2017
Tuesday, 17th January – Another impressive result for BAHRAIN MERIDA by this young and promising Italian sprinter at the beginning of the season in stage 1, Tour Down Under 2017
In a hot summer day of Adelaide, Niccolò Bonifazio once again showed his Italian power by taking the fifth at the first stage Tour Down Under, the good result also puts the 23-year-old into the white jersey for BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team tomorrow. He now ranked third at the young rider classification.
“The race today was very hot. My teammates helped me in the final, and last kilometer was really confusion, I tried to follow Caleb Ewan, but it was impossible. I finished fifth,” said Bonifazio after the race. “I want to try to win one stage, it’s not impossible.” Bonifazio showed his expectation for his first stage race in the season.
Phillipe Mauduit, our sports director said: “It was a very special day with that heat. We have 45 degrees at one point during the race, organizer decided to make it shorter for one lap. I think in this weather condition, the boy survived quite well, they drank like 200 bidons today.” He then emphasized on the performance of the team: “We have seen some team spirit in the final, we know we will be more efficient day by day. It’s the first racing day, you have to get used it all together, that’s not so easy. But in the end it’s a good result for Niccolò finished 5th.”
Santos Tour Down Under continues tomorrow with a 148km stage from Stirling to Paracombe, the short and sharp finish is expected to shake the overall ranking once again, and it is Giovanni Visconti’s chance to fight for the ochre jersey for BAHRAIN MERIDA squad.
2017 Tour Down Under Stage 1 result:
Niccolò Bonifazio: 5th
Yukiya Arashiro: 53rd
Janez Brajkovič: 58th
GIovanni Visconti: 94th
Ondrej Cink: 98th
Tsgabu Grmay: 102th
Chun Kai Feng: 123rd (+23)
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team
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