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.