Visconti close to winning in stage 5
Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice), May 9th – Thrilling final for Team BAHRAIN MERIDA today at the Giro d’Italia. The Happy ending is the second place of Giovanni Visconti, who tried to anticipate the rivals with 450 meters to go, but was outsprinted by Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo), who wins stage 5 from Agrigento to Santa Ninfa, 153km.
A really great performance for the Sicilian rider, who did an extraordinary work today, both in taking this result and both in helping the team captain Domenico Pozzovivo.
“This result is good for morale and for the team, but I can’t be totally happy” explains Visconti “A home victory would have been like a dream. But I see the glass as half full, because I did not expect to have such legs and I helped Domenico to get back to the peloton too. An effort that then you pay at the finish”.
In fact, there were moments of panic when our captain Pozzovivo was forced to stop due to a big crash that involved the back of the peloton with 14km to go. But the big effort of his teammates helped him to be at the front of the reduced group in the final, even for trying to attack on the steep climb before the final flat road to Santa Ninfa finish where he is 9th and above all he retains his 7th place in the overall standing, with the same gap (+28”) down the maglia rosa Rohan Dennis.
Tomorrow the Etna awaits the Giro d’Italia with the first summit finish of this edition.
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