4.24.2014

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

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