Domenico Pozzovivo is 5th overall at Giro101
Giro d’Italia – Amore infinito
Cervinia, May 26th– Stage 20; – Susa – Cervinia – 214km
After the suffering and brutal 19th stage where Domenico Pozzovivo dropped from third place overall, the 214km stage from Susa to Cervinia was the final mountain stage, with the last three climbs of Giro 101 shaping the GC of the Corsa Rosa.
It was very nice to see a smile and confidence in the eyes of Domenico Pozzovivo and his teammates this morning and after the bus meeting with sport directors Alberto Volpi, Vladimir Miholjević and Tristan Hoffman, TBM riders had one and only mission: to go for it, to go for the best possible result, no matter to the yesterday’s disappointments.
This was a real Queen stage across the Alps with a 4,000m total elevation and in the last 90km, three climbs of nearly 20km each.
A large break with Matej Mohorič and Giovanni Visconti went clear right after the start. TBM Slovenian rider tried to attack as well and showing his descending skills he was leading solo after the first climb of the day. But few riders survived from that early breakaway, among them today’s winner Mikel Nieve who took a solo victory in Cervinia on the day of his birthday. The fight for the General Classification lost soon a contender, with the big crisis of Pinot early on the second climb of the day. With the exit of the Frenchman, Team BAHRAIN MERIDA leader Domenico Pozzovivo could easily control his rivals and remained always in the Maglia Rosa group, until the end when it was reduced to only 8 riders, finishing 9th in Cervinia. A solid performance that let him moving up to the 5th place in the general classification.
“With the crisis of Pinot I stayed quite easily with the Maglia Rosa group today” explains Pozzovivo speaking after the finish “I think I took a well deserved 5th place. Except for yesterday’s bad day, my Giro was very good and all in all I hit the target planned with the team. It was the highest level Giro that I’ve ever riddent and I’m satisfied to have been with the best of this edition”
Tomorrow the final stage of the Giro d’Italia, that will end in Rome and will crown Chris Froome as overall winner.
1 – Chris Froome (Team Sky)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 46″
3 – Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) at 4’57”
4 – Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) at 5’44”
5 – Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) at 8’03”
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