4.26.2014

Giro del Trentino 4: On Monte Bondone Covered in Snow (and me)

Monte Bondone was waiting covered in snow. There was a break-away including Malori (MOV, 24), Zilioli (AND, 72), Sella (AND, 74), Moser (CAN, 44), Deignan (SKY, 63), Pagani (BAR, 88), Duque (COL, 93), Rutkiewicz (CCC, 115), Janse Van Rens (MTN, 123), Serpa (LAM, 33), Rosa (AND, 73) and Monsalve (NERI, 136)... 
But April 25 is a big holyday in Italy and a busy day for me, so that is where I had to left the race to attent with my son's team a public celebration of the Liberazione from fascism including a primary school's piece about Gino Bartali. Then we took a train and went straight to Montelupo, in the beautiful country between Firenze and Pisa. We ended the day by friends near Castelfiorentino cuddling their just born cats and talking cycling with their son who's racing in the juniores category. 
One of these will be mine!
Now and then I was checking on twitter: the last finish of Trentino looked exciting and the break-away was a good one. I didn't doubt about Cadel Evans' victory in the overall but was very curious about the stage victory. When I read the reports and saw the results I decided to dedicate this post to Qhubeka Louis Meintjes, who was 2nd to Landa but fighting to win. He brings home the Best Youth Jersey and that's great both for him and for his team. 
"Louis Meintjes, our South African champion, managed to out climb the likes of Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Cadel Evans (BMC) to take 2nd place on the stage."' his team says "Meintjes would only be beaten by Mikel Landa (Astana), finishing just 10 seconds behind the Spaniard. Franco Pellizotti (Androni-Giocattoli) was 3rd on the stage.

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung have had a good week at the Giro del Trentino, showing its colours early in the breakaways of both road stages prior to today's." it goes on "Today would be no different though as Jacques Janse van Rensburg again followed the right move and got into a 12 rider escape group. They forged out a 3'30" lead before the peloton organised a chase.  
Janse van Rensburg and the rest of his breakaway companions would later be caught at the foot of the final 20km out of category climb, but his presence in the break allowed Meintjes to conserve energy for the final climb. As the catch was made, Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka) put in a hard attack to ensure a fast pace would eliminate any weaker riders. This tactic set Meintjes up perfectly as with 10km to go, there were only 14 riders left at the head of the race.

With 5km to go Meintjes attacked the group of favourites with no other riders able to match his pace. Almost instantly, Meintjes had a 10" lead as he pressed on up the climb alone, leaving a number of grand tour contenders in his wake. With 1km to go, the eventual stage winner, Landa, would make contact with Meintjes but not before the young South African was able to open up a sizable gap to the rest of the race. Landa took the win but Meintjes was able to ride his way to a 5th place overall while also taking out the win in the young riders competition."
Cadel Evans is ready for the Giro. Bradley Wiggins is building up toward Tour of California. Team Sky looked quite good in Trentino, if not perfect. I'll take my time for a Sum Up but obviously the win in the opening TTT was a goal as well as a stage victory. Two riders in the top 20 is no bad but no super either...


What Louis Meintjes said:
"I am extremely satisfied with my performance today but at the same time i am a bit disappointed as i was aiming for the win today. I am happy with the improvement in my performance since i did this race last year but the season is still young and i want to continue improving."

What Cadel Evans said:
"In terms of racing, it was an enjoyable week. To have a good result is always promising toward the Giro d'Italia and what we are all about. It was nice to see the team blend together and ride strongly this week. I know we have been a little bit fragmented in some of the races. But everyone came together and really put

in everything for the team here, which was nice to see. For that part, I really feel it was a team victory." 



Team Sky about the stage:  
Sports Director Dario Cioni: "We had a meeting before the stage and the execution was perfect. We didn’t want the break to go to the end so we made sure Philip was in there. It gave him a chance to get out there and ride but his decent GC position also meant that BMC had to chase a bit. The plan was for Kosta to go hard for a GC place and for Brad to look to see what he could do on the stage. Brad managed to get up there with the select lead group which was good to see and he has been climbing better and better this week."


RESULTS
STAGE
1 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 4:49:39
2 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:10
3 Franco Pelizzotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:35
4 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:00:41
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
6 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:46
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
9 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp - Endura 0:00:49
10 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
11 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:04
12 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:01:44
13 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:50
14 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli 0:02:05
15 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:41
16 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale 0:02:44
17 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:08
18 Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:03:26
19 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Rusvelo 0:03:42
20 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli 0:04:06

GC
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 14:14:03
2 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:50
3 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:01:01
4 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia
5 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:06
6 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp - Endura 0:01:07
7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:09
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:11
9 Franco Pelizzotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:26
10 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:01:32
11 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:28
12 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale 0:03:53
13 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli 0:04:03
14 Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:04:17
15 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:22
16 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:05:42
17 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:05:52
18 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli 0:06:07
19 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 0:06:26
20 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:06:37

MOUNTAIN JERSEY
Yonattah Monsalve (Ven) Neri Sottoli
SPRINTS JERSEY
Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia
BEST YOUTH
1 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 14:15:09
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:03
3 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale 0:02:47
4 Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:03:11
5 Yonder Godoy (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 0:09:49
6 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:14:55
7 Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:17:52
8 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:23:57
9 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky 0:32:26
10 Dayer Uberne Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:32:41

TEAM
1 Astana Pro Team 42:16:00
2 Androni Giocattoli 0:17:35
3 AG2R La Mondiale 0:19:13
4 MTN - Qhubeka 0:20:48
5 Team Netapp - Endura 0:21:07
6 RusVelo 0:21:58
7 Team Sky 0:22:15
8 BMC Racing Team 0:23:08
9 Movistar Team 0:23:44
10 Bardiani-CSF 0:23:49
11 Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo 0:24:39
12 Cannondale 0:25:51
13 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:28:46
14 Colombia 0:35:57
15 Lampre-Merida 0:52:10
16 CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:56:19

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