Gasparotto 11th overall, missed top10 for 2 seconds.
Bukovina Resort, August 10th, 2018 – What a fitting finale to Tour de Pologne this was. The race had many breakaways and attacks, and drama in the final. If you throw in the mix narrow roads, 4 category 1 mountains and some gravel road you get the picture.
Our leader Enrico Gasparotto was not so happy with the final result: “ First of all, for the last time this week, I want to thank my teammates, my tem, all of you guys, all staff, as all the details are actually making the difference. Today was tough day with bed weather, supper narrow roads, and battle for positions all day. In the beginning big breakaway went out, with some contenders, so Sky had to pull all day with good tempo, so on the final climb the race exploded completely, and from that moment it was just surviving. I told myself to go all out, ride with the heart and try to enjoy, as with 36 years on my back I don’t know how many years I still have in pro cycling. I was back in the main group before the finish and knowing the roads from previous years I knew I like this finish better then yesterdays. So when I saw Aru attack, the group closed him but then 2-3km to go I attacked and for a while I was alone, but then Bennett attacked from behind and from that point I just tried to stay with him and later with everyone. For the sprint I used last of my energy trying to take some bonus seconds, but legs just wouldn’t do it. Anyway, I’m happy, OK I arrived 11thoverall, it’s not the best place to be, but I’m a one day race rider, and now I’m trying to improve year by year and I missed top 10 for 2 seconds, and I think I proved one more time for Gaspa to be present, I’m there. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but to more important thing is to be in the mix, and to give everything from my legs and heart. I’m a good dreamer, I was aiming top10, but if we look at the names that are in front of me, I should be proud of myself. With 36 years I’m still in the mix, and in the mix with big guys, and young talents.” Finished Gasparotto partially satisfied.
On a lighter note, if cycling would have age groups like triathlon, Gasparotto would win his age group.
Our sports director Tristan Hoffman analyzed the whole week: “Tour de Pologne was a nice race, we enjoyed it, it was well organized. Our riders did everything they had in their ability, they’ve been fighting, Enrico made some nice results, and we always hope for little bit more. But if you look at Top 10 they are all GC contenders, and he’s number 11. He fought until the end and that is great to see.”
Local hero Mikel Kwiatowski wins the race overall, Simon Yates with win today jumps to second place, and Thibau Pinot rounds up the podium.