3.27.2015

Settimana Coppi E Bartali: Manuel Belletti, Ben Swift and...

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Swift wins stage 2

...we will see. 
Last year Team Sky smashed it in an almost embarrassing way. This year it seems again on the its way to the final victory: a 5th place in stage 1a, a 2nd in the TTT, a beautiful solo win in stage 2. Ben Swift rocks. 
And also my friend Manuel Belletti: he risked to remain without a team and now he's collecting victories. Some riders need to be motivated and a good DS motivate them. 

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Belletti wins stage 1a
BEN SWIFT:
"It was a typical Yorkshire day out," Swift joked as he caught up with TeamSky.com after the race.
I felt good out there. I never felt in difficulty. We had a plan that I would just try and hang on and stay there. We knew my form was good from Milan-San Remo last week. That was one of my big targets this year. The form’s there and it was just nice to be able to utilise it today.
When they attacked I followed. Initially I thought maybe I shouldn’t have done it as I might be tired for the sprint. But I was feeling pretty good and actually forced it on once we attacked. It was a strange feeling, especially to win solo. I’ve always wanted to win solo. I’ve joked around with Pete (Kennaugh) about it in the past. It’s almost on my bucket list to win a bike race on my own. Last time I won solo was 10 years ago at the Junior Tour of Wales. It’s not the sort of thing that happens very often for me.
I’ve got a pretty decent gap on GC. Tomorrow is a sprint day so I’ll try and get up there to get a few more bonus seconds. It’s a different finish to last year – a really hard stage with a hilltop finish. So I’ve got my work cut out. It’s not a done deal yet.”

Team Sky DS Dario Cioni:
“Ben rode incredibly todayIt shows that physically he was ready for San Remo. He did a great job to get ready for that race. It didn’t pay off for him on the day but it certainly did today.
We measured our efforts as we’ve only got four riders left now. CJ (Sutton) and (Ian) Boswell both stopped today but the guys we’ve got left are really solid. It’s game on.”

RESULTS
STAGE 1A
1 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 2:20:13
2 Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
3 Patrick Clausen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water
4 Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water
5 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
STAGE 1B
1 CCC Sprandi Polkowice A 0:14:49
2 Team Sky A 0:14:50
3 MTN - Qhubeka A 0:14:53

STAGE 2
1 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 4:28:10
2 Matija Kvasina (Cro) Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels 0:00:16
3 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:21
4 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Italian National Team 0:00:57
5 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia
6 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 0:01:01
7 Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Trefor - Blue Water 0:01:05
8 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:01:07
9 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
10 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:10
GC
1 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 7:03:03
2 Matija Kvasina (Cro) Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels 0:00:41
3 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:54
4 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia 0:01:15
5 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:01:17

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