giovedì 24 aprile 2014

Giro del Trentino 3: Cadel Evans confirms his lead


Atop finish again  today, on Roncone climb  (photo).
There was a break-away including Zeits (Astana, 6), Malori (Movistar, 24), Caruso (Cannondale, 43), Cataldo (Sky, 62), Rosa (Androni Giocattoli, 73), Pagani (Bardiani, 88), C. Quintero (Colombia, 96), Piedra (Caja Rural, 106), Taciak (CCC, 117), Pardilla (MTN, 127), Monsalve (Neri Sottoli, 136), Pimienta (NetApp, 157), Mendes (NetApp). 
The last ones left on the road were Caruso, Monsalve and Taciak. The peloton caught them 3km to go.  
Then I'm not sure what happened - I'm curious to watch the race at 6pm - because there was all Team Sky pulling in front but in the end no Sky riders in the first position... Attacks probably started on the last nasty climb and Cadel Evans won.

UPDATE
I have seen it finally. What a ramp in the finale! and what a duel between Pozzovivo and Evans! I was wrong because such a climb didn't allow any real attack. Pozzovivo and Landa went in front, set a hellish pace with Evans on the wheels. 
Then Evans took the lead: his powerful progression made a second drastic selection. Landa dropped only Pozzovivo could follow: oustanding. 
They topped together the tough climb and only there, on that false flat, Evans excaped winning with a gap.
Impressive. Especially when you see the massacre at the back of the peloton, completely shattered.

 

What Cadel Evans said:
"I counted on the team all the way until really the last climb with two-and-a-half kilometers to go. Martin Kohler, Daniel Oss, Steve Morabito, Brent Bookwalter, Sebastian Lander and Rick Zabel were really good. They did all the work until the third last climb. Then Brent and Yannick (Eijssen) and Steve took over and put me in a good position for the stage. Then it was up to me. That's what you get for being patient and working hard. It is important for us to think about the GC (general classification) and what we have to do as a team and what I have to do with that as an individual."

Team Sky about the stage:
Sports Director Dario Cioni: "We had Kosta (Siutsou) looking at GC but Cataldo, Ian (Boswell), (Salvatore) Puccio and also Philip were free to go up the road. We said in the team meeting that we wanted to put someone in the break because you never know what will happen. The bunch only caught the guys really late today and sometimes a group can stay away on a stage like this.
Cadel is riding really well and it was a good finish for him. But sometimes the peloton is happy to let a break go away. We took a chance and got Dario into the break. He was driving it on the first-cat climb but then the group basically split in two. He was in the second split so at that point we switched to the GC and got behind Kosta.
The plan was for Brad (Wiggins) to make sure Kosta and Philip were positioned well at the bottom of the last climb. But with it being quite short and steep it’s not Kosta’s speciality. Today was a bit more a case of defending, ahead of the longer climb which will suit him a lot better."


RESUSLT
STAGE
1. Cadel Evans 4.43.43 
2. Domenico Pozzovivo + 0.03
3. Landa + 0.09

4. Scarponi + 0.18
5. Anton +0.20
6. Bongiorno + 0.25
7. Aru + 0.25
8. Machado + 0.25
9. Meintjes + 0.25
10. Duarte + 0.28

GC
1. Cadel Evans 9.23.43
2. Pozzovivo + 0.45
3. Machado + 0.59

4. Anton + 1.01
5. Aru +1.01
6. Niemec +1.01
7. Duarte +1.01
8. Zardini + 1.04
9. Scarponi +1.06
10. Bongiorno +1.32

Giro: Team Sky squad confirmed (riders, goals and leader)

Dario Cataldo at the start of Giro 2013
L'enfant du pays Philip Deignan at his first Grand Tour and two Italian riders: Dario Cataldo and Salvatore Puccio. Then Pete Kennaugh, Ben Swift, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bernhard Eisel, Sebastian Henao and Kanstantsin Siutsou
Who's the team leader? and what's the goal? With Richie Porte out of the game, Bradley Wiggins in California and Chriss Froome aiming to the Tour, Dario Cataldo looks the most suitable for the role.There is also Edvald Boasson Hagen who is told to be unhappy and looking for a new team, so he could be offered the opportunity to ride free and play his cards. 
Team Principal Dave Brailsford isn't clear about the team goal though: “The Giro d’Italia is a fantastic race" he says "and this year provides a great opportunity for the team to go out and really express themselves on the bike. We’ve brought together an exciting squad and we can’t wait, not only for the start in Northern Ireland, but to perform in front of our Italian fans.” 
Team Sky 's press release seems to stress the stages victories' side more than the GC in listing the riders, Dario Cataldo exculded, in spite he's also a Giro's stge winner. That supports my opinion that Cataldo is going to be Sky's man for the GC.
 
Edvald Boasson Hagen – age 26 – Norway
Returning to the scene of his Grand Tour debut back in 2009, the multi-talented Norwegian excels both in the sprints and setting a tempo on the climbs. He is a former stage winner at the Giro d’Italia.
 
Dario Cataldo – age 29 – Italy
The previous Italian TT champion will line up for an impressive seventh Grand Tour start at his home race. Two 12th placed finishes at the Giro d’Italia demonstrate not only class but also consistency.
 
Philip Deignan – age 30 – Ireland
The Irishman recently returns from a broken collarbone, Deignan is a strong climber, not to mention a Grand Tour stage winner at the Vuelta a Espana.
 
Bernhard Eisel – age 33 – Austria
One of the most experienced and well-respected competitors in the peloton, the 33-year-old Austrian brings horsepower and speed, as well as knowledge gained from 14 previous Grand Tour outings.
  
Sebastian Henao – age 20 – Colombia
Making his Grand Tour debut in his first season as a professional, a string of assured climbing performances sees the Colombian rewarded with a start at the biggest race of his career.
 
Pete Kennaugh – age 24 – Great Britain
Following a strong 2013, the Manxman starts his third Giro d’Italia climbing strongly and fresh from recent victory at Settimana Coppi e Bartali.
 
Salvatore Puccio – age 24 – Italy
A year on from famously donning the Maglia Rosa leader’s jersey in his Grand Tour debut, the Italian returns to his home race a stronger and more well-rounded rider.
 
Kanstantsin Siutsou – age 31 – Belarus  
Another former stage winner at the Giro d’Italia, the Belarusian tasted success one day after teammate Boasson Hagen back in 2009. A top-10 finisher in the event, ‘Kosta’ is a valuable asset in any three-week stage race.
 
Ben Swift – age 26 – Great Britain
Currently riding with good form including sprint victories and a podium at Milan-San Remo, the Brit will hope to put his fast finish to good use as he hones in on a landmark Grand Tour stage win. 

It's a strong team, moreover a well balanced one, able - on paper - to get good results in the opening TTT as well as in the sprints (Ben Swift but also Boasson Hagen), to gain a place in good break-aways (you never know) and to defend its leader in the mountains as in the flat. Big names not always are a guaratee of success.
 
What Philip Deignan said
“As soon as I heard that the Giro d’Italia was starting in Northern Ireland it was a goal of mine to be there, and racing there with Team Sky is a real honour for me. We’re going with a good balance of youth and experience; we’re all looking forward to it. Growing up in County Donegal I never dreamt of riding a Grand Tour here in Ireland and this is my chance. I’m going to relish every minute of it racing in front of my friends and family.”
 
What Dario Cataldo said
“This will be my seventh appearance in the Giro d’Italia, so it is a race that has a place in my heart. The race has a great history in Italy and when I was growing up it was always a dream to ride in my home country. Without a doubt it was the race that inspired me to start riding a bike as a young boy, so for an Italian bike rider this is as good as it gets. We have a strong and exciting team going into the race and we’re all looking forward to the challenge ahead. For me, going home to race is always a pleasure and I can’t wait to get started.” 

And honestly I can't wait to see them started! 

mercoledì 23 aprile 2014

Fleche Wallone: An Incredible Uphill Sprint in Huy (for Valverde)


I didn't see it and still have to found out HOW it happened but WHO did it I know: Alejandro Valverde won it at the sprint. That incredible uphill sprint in Huy. Not a name I like to see in finish orders... but no doubt a great rider enjoying a moment of great shape.  

What Michal  Kwiatkowski said.
"I'm happy because Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, as a team, did a perfect race. My teammates have been working hard for me and I have to thank them. I actually didn't make any mistakes on the final climb. I think I did it smart on the Mur de Huy. I started in front, on the bottom. Then I took my own speed, which was much better than last year because I lost a few positions on the two corners at about 450 meters to go. Today, I took my own speed and then sped up before the final. This final is also about tactics and I think I did that part correctly. But I just didn't have enough legs to just react to Valverde and Dan Martin. I'm actually happy considering this, I am getting better step-by-step. For sure I will start at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. In the past I didn't make any big results. I hope, with the way I have prepared, I can be in good form for that race as well. I think the Ardennes Classics was the first really big goal for the first part of the season. I'm excited about what I did at Amstel and what I did today, and think I can carry my good legs to the last of the three races this week. I'm satisfied I'm making improvements. I'm 23, I hope I can keep improving until I'm 30 or something. I'm trying to improve day-by-day." 


What Dan Martin said:
"After the dusts settled, very happy with a podium in fleche. Couldnt have done it without Nathan Haas chaperone/bodyguard extraodinaire."

What Bauke Mollema (4th) said:
“The last few years I had to attack from too far down on the Mur de Huy. That’s why I really wanted to start the climb at the front this time. Thanks to the team, I succeeded in that. The guys dropped me off perfectly at the bottom. I was also able to save energy until the very last moment as they kept me out of the wind the whole race.”

What Romain Bardet ‏said: 
"Gros travail collectif aujd´hui,malheureusement pas récompensé.Mais c'est avec cet état d'esprit qu'on parviendra à réussir! #partieremise "

What Julian Arredondo (11th) said:
“I still had heavy legs from flight yesterday. I felt pretty good in the race until the end, especially in the final 200 meters where I had nothing left. I am a bit disappointed, as this is my dream race and I would have liked to finish better for the team. I was so happy to be able to ride Fleche today and even though I was not at my best it gave me confirmation that this is a good race for me. I slept all the way here on the plane, but still my legs blew up in the end. The team worked well for me all race, that was so amazing to see; I am very thankful they gave me the opportunity to race today.”

What Andy Schleck (DNF) said:
“I trained yesterday on the course and I had pain so I knew it would not be perfect today. We taped the knee and did laser and I managed pretty well all race. It was fine when I went steady uphill, then I could handle the pain, but when I am not pedaling on a descent and had to start up again with high watts – that is what really hurt. I could not stand and had to sit and go my own speed, so they just rode away from me. I could not push more. Tomorrow I go in for an MRI and I will know more.  I am hoping for the best, and that I will be back for LiègeBastogneLiège and Tour of Romandie."

RESULTS
1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 4:36:45
2 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp 0:00:03
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:04
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
5 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:06
6 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol
7 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge 0:00:08
8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
9 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:11
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:15
11 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:17
12 WoutPoels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:19
13 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:23
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:24
15 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:26
16 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:28
17 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
18 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
19 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
20 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
21 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
22 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:32
23 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:37
24 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:40
25 Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:43
26 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:45
27 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge 0:00:48
28 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:00:51
29 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:54
30 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
31 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
32 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale
33 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha
34 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
35 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:58
36 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:00
37 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:03
38 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:01:04
39 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:12
41 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:14
42 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling 0:01:17
43 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
44 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:23
45 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:25
46 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr
47 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge
48 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:30
49 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
50 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:32
51 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:40
52 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team
53 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:01:44
54 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:45
55 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:51
56 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
57 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale
58 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:01:54
59 Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia 0:01:56
60 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol 0:01:57
61 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:02
62 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:02:08
63 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:13
64 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:02:30
65 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:01
66 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
67 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:03:54
68 Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:04:01
69 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:04:04
70 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 0:04:06
71 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:12
72 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge 0:04:14
73 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha 0:04:17
74 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka 0:05:02
75 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:05:12
76 Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
77 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp
78 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge
79 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
80 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
81 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
82 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
83 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr
84 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling
85 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp
86 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team
87 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia
88 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
89 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
90 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
91 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
92 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia
93 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:05:19
94 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:05:23
95 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo
96 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
97 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge
98 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale
99 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale
100 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
101 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:05:28
102 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:05:30
103 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:05:32
104 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
105 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
106 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol
107 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
108 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:05:35
109 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
110 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
111 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
112 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
113 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:05:42
114 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida
115 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida
116 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:05:47
117 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
118 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:05:49
119 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
120 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale 0:05:51
121 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:59
122 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:06:04
123 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:06:05
124 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:06:06
125 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale
126 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 0:06:18
127 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:52
128 Edward Beltran (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo
129 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:09:21
130 Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling
131 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
132 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
133 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
134 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling
135 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
136 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr
137 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale
138 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:09:27
139 Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
140 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
141 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:09:35
142 Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:10:07
143 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
144 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
145 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:10:22
DNF Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia
DNF Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia
DNF Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Felipe Paredes (Col) Colombia
DNF Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNF Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia
DNF Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Martijn Maaskant (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNF Marc de Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNF Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNF Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
DNF Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
DNF Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha
DNF Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp
DNF Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp
DNF Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
DNF Nelson Simoes (Por) Lampre-Merida
DNF Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNF Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
DNF Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNF Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNF Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNF Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr
DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr


Giro del Trentino 2: Zardini solo!! Evans new leader



BARDIANI PRESS RELEASE

"With a outstanding attack on the final climb, Edoardo Zardini has won solo under the rain, Giro del Trentino stage 2 from Limone sul Garda to San Giacomo di Brentonico of 164.5km, giving to Bardiani – CSF Pro Team a deserved first season victory. To report that for #Greenteam rider is the first pro win.
 During the first part of the stage a breakaway of three riders pulled away with the peloton that managed easily the gap. On the first km of the final climb (15km with an average slope of 7%), the escapees were caught by the pack.
With 9km to go from the peloton attacked Edoardo Zardini, Stefano Pirazzi, Landa (AST), Caruso (CAN) and Van Rensburg (MTN) that gained quickly 0.20 seconds. After two km Caruso and Van Rensburg dropped and the advantage increased until 0.30.
Then with 5km to go Zardini moved on solo, with Pirazzi and Landa was join by the first chasing group composed by 40 riders.
During the last km of the climb Zardini made a really fast pace and behind anyone was able to bridge the gap and on the top mountain arrival of San Giacomo di Brentonico, the young climber of #Greenteam conquered a stunning victory, over Niemec (LAM) and Duarte (COL) both behind 0.19 seconds.

Results
1. Edoardo Zardini (BAR) 4.25.39
2. Przemyslaw Niemec (LAM) 0.19
3. Fabio Duarte (COL) st.
4. Cadel Evans (BMC) st.
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM) 0.23
6. Fabio Aru (AST) 0.36
7. Franco Pellizotti (AND) st.
8. Omar Fraile (CAJ) st.
 GC
1. Cadel Evans (BMC) 4.04.10
2. Edoardo Zardini (BAR) 0.09
3. Przemyslaw Niemec (LAM) 0.17

What Edoardo Zardini said:
”It’s an immense joy and still cannot believe it. I came to  Trentino after a long training camp on the Etna and I was confidence that all the hard work made would repay. All happened today during the first uphill arrival and it’s incredible because also this is my first pro win. When we moved with Pirazzi and the other riders with 9km to go, we already set a good tempo but then with 5km to go I felt really well and I decided to attack solo. From that moment I made a long uphill time trial, I gave it all and I made it!”.
 
What Cadel Evans said:
 "To concede less seconds would have been better, but everyone was on their own in the final  kilometers. With a hilltop finish and cold weather, it was a pretty hard finish for the first road stage. But it puts us in a good position. A bigger margin would be better, but most of all, it's a step toward the Giro d'Italia and for us as a team to go through the competition routine of holding and defending the jersey.
I have to look at the course details, but I guess tomorrow is more of the same. We will have to ride well as a team to control the breakaway during the stage. There is another selective finish and, of course, now I will be the rider that everyone will be looking to beat. Guys like Steve Morabito and
Daniel Oss and Yannick Eijssen set a really good tempo for the first half of the climb."

 

martedì 22 aprile 2014

Fleche Wallone: Start List and more

Warren Barguil: at the start
That's my favourite Classic. Short and tough. Le Mur d'Huy, mytical place I climbed once - on foot, sweating in spite it was cold. This year I'm going to miss it: I'll be at school. That's probably why I feel a little detached... 
It comes after the Amstel and before Liège but greatly differs from both. It's way shorter than La Doyenne, it's more explosive than the Amstel Race. Last Sunday's favourites are not the main favourites tomorrow but who wins here could be good for next Sunday. Teams are more or less the same but there are significant changes according the different qualities required by the race and as a consequences of last Sunday's crashes. By the way: Rodriguez is in. 
On paper la Fleche suits Betancour very well but on Sunday he didn't look brilliant and maybe he's saving energy fo Liège.  You can say the same of many in the start list and it's hard to find a rider openly aiming to this race. Anyway... I bet on a French guy.
Official Site with race dettails: http://www.letour.fr/la-fleche-wallonne/2014/us/
To watch it on streaming: http://www.cyclingfans.com/fleche-wallonne/live

START LIST