Protagonists at the Doyenne
Liège, 22nd April, 2018 – The Doyenne ends with the 5th place of Domenico Pozzovivo and the 6th of Enrico Gasparotto at the end of a race that has been lit in the last 40 kilometers. Very hot day and lots of public on the roads to the great classic of the Ardennes. A good result that rewards the work of the whole team with the only drawback of the placement of Vincenzo Nibali protagonist of a bad day.
“I arrived with a great condition – commented Domenico Pozzovivo – and despite the fatigue of the five stages of the Tour of Alps. Indeed, in the end I was almost surprised by my brilliance. It was an elimination race with a pace soaring in the last part but I also managed to attack on Saint Nicholas”.
After the podium last Sunday at Amstel Gold Race, Enrico Gasparotto arrived with the best ones even at the top of Ans’s hill: “It was so fast that nobody managed to attack – says the Italian rider – with the exception of the race winner the Luxembourgish Bob Jungels – I broke off on the penultimate climb but I managed to come back with 2km to go. It was my best Liège ever”.
“It was a bad day – says Vincenzo Nibali – even before the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons I realized that I was not 100%. I’m sorry because I really wanted to have a good race and to dedicate it to my great friend Michele Scarponi, one year after his death”.
“Since the morning – explains Head of Performance Paolo Slongo – it was a very demanding race and certainly conditioned by the heat and this led to a further selection. The team has worked very well and the results of Enrico and Domenico reward us for their great commitment”.
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