Pozzovivo is third in Merano and moves to second overall
Merano (Italy) April 18th – BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team captain Domenico Pozzovivo is showing his pretty good form at the Tour of the Alps. On stage 3 from Ora to Merano (138,3 km and 2600m altitude) he takes a brilliant third place fighting at the sprint for the front positions and finishing 5” behind the solo winner Ben O’ Connor (Dimension Data), who attacked on the final flat 8 km.
“I knew the finish because I was training nearby on last week and I came here to see and to recon this route” explains Domenico very satisfied with his third place behind Pinot, who is the new leader of the general classification where our rider moves to second place 15” down. Pozzovivo was among the attackers on the Mendola Pass where he won the Cat.1 KOM after they caught the early breakaway group with our Giovanni Visconti, who then dropped: “I suffered on the climb and unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to recover before the next ascent. I had good feelings and I so I entered the breakaway that went clear after 20 km”.
The young Mark Padun tried to keep the wheels of the best in today’s stage too, attacking with Pozzovivo on the climb to Mendola, but he lost power because of the high tempo and he dropped soon.
“We can be happy with today’s race of our team. We have Visconti in the breakaway and then Pozzovivo pushing on the climbs and third in Merano” says Sports Director Harald Morscher “Although short, it was a challenging stage and the tempo has been very high. We did our best and the team worked very well. We couldn’t do more than this today. We can be satisfied with Pozzovivo third place and above all with his second overall. With two stages left, we keep aiming for the final win”.
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