Giro 101 ends in Rome with Pozzovivo 5th overall
Rome, May 27th – Stage 21 – Roma-Roma 115km
In the prestigious finale of this year’s Giro d’Italia – with the sprint showdown in the heart of the Eternal city won by Sam Bennett – Team BAHRAIN MERIDA sprinter Niccolò Bonifazio took 7th place. Another top ten result to conclude a satisfying Corsa Rosa for our team.
The final stage of Giro101 consisted of ten laps of a 11.5km circuit on the streets of the centre of Rome. Charming place, but unsafe course according to the riders who protested early on the stage and therefore the commissaires panel, in accordance with the race direction, decided to neutralize the times after three laps being covered. A festive afternoon for the peloton except for the sprinters, that fought for the final victory in Via dei Fori Imperiali. Bonifazio was lead out by Matej Mohorič and sprinted to 7th place. “Today’s aim was the win, unfortunately we did not take it, but we worked very well as we did always in this Giro” says the Slovenian rider, winner of a stage in this edition “We can be happy with the results achieved”.
A stage win, a second place, four times third and several other top five and top ten results. Above all Team BAHRAIN MERIDA hit the top five overall with Domenico Pozzovivo 5th: “My plan was to be in the top five and fight for the podium if possible. I was able to be third overall for many days and I lost it only because of a bad day. I’ve always tried to take a stage win too, I did not succeed, but rivals like a super Yates in the first weeks prevented me to do it”.
Sports Director Alberto Volpi concludes: “I’m happy for the great job done by everybody. Thank you to my colleagues Sports Directors, to the staff and to the guys. I’m very satisfied with our incredible performances here at Giro 2018”.
GIRO D’ITALIA 2018 – GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
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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