Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) proved yet again that he is one of the best climbers in the world with a courageous ride in the Dolomites at the Giro d’Italia.
Pozzovivo lost time to his overall rivals on the rain-soaked stage to Piani dei Resinelli but bounced back with determination on the stage to Cortina d’Ampezzo. He rode strongly throughout the stage.
He finished sixth in Cortina d’Ampezzo on the twisting finish. More importantly, his gutsy performance lifted him to sixth overall, just 3:19 behind race leader Joaquin Rodriguez. Young teammate Gianluca Brambilla finished fifteenth on the stage and is third in the best young rider competition.
Pozzovivo was the first to the summit of the Passo Giau, with the Dolomite mountains and thousands of tifosi cheering him on.
“I accelerated near the top of the climb to test my rivals. Scarponi was dropped because he had cramp, while Basso, Rodriguez and especially Hesjedal showed how strong they are. Until then I’d ridden defensively but the stage showed that I can still be one of the protagonists of this year’s Giro d’Italia.”
After is strong performance, Pozzovivo is now looking forward to the final mountain stages to Alpe di Pampeago on Friday and then to the Passo dello Stelvio on Saturday.
“I love the mountains and I know those climb well. They won’t be easy stages but I’ll try my best. If I’m feeling good, I’ll go on the attack. Because they’re the last chance to win stages and are where the overall classification of the Giro d’Italia will be decided.”
Italy’s Domenico Pozzovivo maybe one of the smallest riders in the peloton but he proved he is one of big name riders in this year’s Giro d’Italia by winning the stage to Lago Laceno near Naples.
The little Colnago-CSF Inox climber danced on the pedals of his Colnago M10 bike on the steepest part of the climb and quickly opened a significant lead. He stayed clear over the top of the climb to win alone with the cheers of hundreds of his most passionate fans cheering his name.
Pozzovivo comes from Policoro in the south of Italy and the stage to Lago Laceno is the most southern finish of this year’s race. It was his first ever stage victory at the Giro d’Italia and confirms he could be an overall contender for victory in this year’s corsa rosa.
“I’m perhaps too little to think big, I’ll take things day by day and do as well as I can,” he said.
“I finished ninth at the (2008) Giro d’Italia and was strong in the third week, so I’m confident about the final week in the mountains this year’s Giro d’Italia. It’s not easy to stay at top form for a month but there are a lot of stages that suit me and even if I fade, I can still defend my position. But first of all I want to win another stage.”
Pozzovivo is now thirteenth in the overall classification of the Giro d’Italia, just 55 seconds behind race leader Ryder Hesjedal of Canada.
The Colnago–CSF Inox nine riders for the Giro d’Italia will aim for success throughout the three weeks of racing thanks to a balanced team of sprinters, climbers and aggressive riders.
The nine riders that will line-up in Herning in Denmark for the start of the Giro tomorrow are: Domenico Pozzovivo, Sacha Modolo, Enrico Battaglin, Gianluca Brambilla, Stefano Pirazzi, Stefano Locatelli, Angelo Pagani, Marco Coledan and Sonny Colbrelli. Bruno and Roberto Reverberi and Mirko Rossato will manage the team during the race.
“We’ve prepared meticulously for the Giro d’Italia. We’ve got a well-balanced team. We’re motivated and are ready for the challenge ahead. We can’t wait to get racing,” team manager Roberto Reverberi said.
Marco Coledan, Gianluca Brambilla and Sonny Colbrelli will be a formidable lead out train for Sacha Modolo; Stefano Pirazzi and Enrico Battaglin are expected to be aggressive in breakaways, while Domenico Pozzovivo will aim to shine in the mountain stages and the overall classification.
The Colnago-CSF Inox team prepared for the Giro d’Italia at the Giro del Trentino and the Tour of Turkey. Pozzovivo won the Italian stage race and impressed in the mountains, while Modolo took a psychologically important stage win in Turkey after some excellent lead out work by his teammates.
“We’ll go on the attack but with intelligence. We’ll focus on obtaining excellent results. That means we’ll be in the key breakaways. Not just to get on television but to make it all the way to the finish and win,” Reverberi said.