Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Domenico Pozzovivo 4th at Gran Sasso stage and 5th in GC
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Domenico Pozzovivo 4th at Gran Sasso stage and 5th in GC

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Gran Sasso, May 13th– Stage 9; Pesco Sannita – Gran Sasso –225 km

The 9th and 225 km long stage of Giro101 from Pesco Sannita to the Gran Sasso d’Italia (Campo Imperatore) is the third mountain finish of the race and the second consecutive on this year’s Montagna Pantani.

This was the third summit finish of the Giro with total elevation of 3.900 m., a ery long with first 100km runs on the fast-flow road leading from Benevento to Rionero Sannitico; the roadway was quite wide and well surfaced with a number of tunnels along the route.

In an early breakaway, two of TBM riders, Giovanni Visconti and Manuele Boaro went in a breakaway with 12 more. They made a gap of aprox 7,5 minutes difference. Both of our riders collaborated well in a hard work and pushing and exchanging each other. Manuele Boaro lasted in the breakaway up to last 5 km when the GC group got to the decisive point where Domenico Pozzovivo played his big role to give all his energy to win Gran Sasso. He took Pinot, Yates, Chaves and Richard Carapaz with him, but at the last hundred meters to the finish it was Maglia rosa Simon Yates who went for the victory, sprinting to his third win of the season, and first at the Giro101.

TBM leader, Domenico Pozzovivo at the end took 4th place on Gran Sasso and gets to 5th place in the overall with 0,57  seconds behind Maglia Rosa leader Simon Yates.

Domenico Pozzovivo said shortly after the race It was a very hard stage, that hurt a lot. Just after the last attack of Ciccone, with 600 meters to go I tried to go and I thought to push until the end. Unfortunately there were riders faster than me and there was some headwind against me as well. I will keep on trying. The Maglia Rosa is still near, until the time trial I will try and fight for it. Tomorrow is the rest day and I will completely rest and I won’t even touch my bike”.

Manuele Boaro;We went in the break and we tried to go for it. Thereafter the aim was to help Pozzovivo in the final, but after the whole day in the break it was very difficult for me”. It’s the mother’s Day and it would’ve been nice to make a present, but we must be happy with today’s result because Pozzovivo finished with the best riders again”.

Giovanni Visconti; “We were in two men in today’s break. It was a good attempt, but neither Boaro nor me wanted to exhaust ourselves, because we know that the final was very hard. Then the group set a high pace and they caught us. But we take a good result with Pozzovivo anyway, so all in all it was a good day”.

Tommorow is a rest day at Giro d’Italia. Everyone deserves it..

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