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.”