Sea and sun. Blue sky. First European race today for Team MTN-Qhubeka: 50th edition of Trofeo Laigueglia. And it has been a splendid start: Team captain Gerald Ciolek got a beautiful 5th place
There was an early breakaway including Leonardo Duque (Colombia), Antonio Barbio & Nicola Dal Santo (Flaminia), Thomas Raeymaeker (Novo Nordisk) and Florent Barle (Cofidis).
Lampre-Merida and FDJ were leading the chase and 50 km to go the breakaway got caught on the last ascent to Testico.
At the sprint Filippo Pozzato won, Reda was 2nd, Santambrogio 3th.
Qhubeka DS Jens Zemke is happy: “The guys made no mistakes, everything happened like we hoped it would. In the end on the last climb, three guys rode away and Gerald attacked on the last descent after them, so he was in the first big group of 20 or 30 riders in the finale. The team supported Gerald really well. It was very tricky to put him in a good position before the last climb with 25km’s to go. The guys did a fantastic job and supported him as much as they could. It’s a nice opening for us. We only just missed the podium but we’ve gained UCI points in the European Tour in our first race, that’s perfect. This race was very hard with four climbs so it didn’t suit the team we had here so I am very happy with the performance."
I'm happy too: it's important for a project like that to be supported by results. Which project? go here:
http://www.teammtnqhubeka.com and have a look! Can we dream of a big title on L'Equipe?
|1||Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|2||Francesco Reda (Ita) Androni Giocattoli|
|3||Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia||0:00:03|
|4||Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|5||Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka||0:00:07|
|6||Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ|
|7||Matej Mugerli (Slo) Adria Mobil|
|8||Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia|
|9||Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida|
|10||Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team|