Condino Ivan Santaromita finally delivered an Italian victory at 37th Giro del Trentino. The 28-year-old BMC rider from Varese took just his second win after Coppi&Bartali’s GC three years ago, managing to edge out Paolo Tiralongo and Michele Scarponi. "In the morning, Cadel Evans and Baldato told me to make my own race and try for the breakaway," Santaromita said. "Days like these reward you for all the sacrifices you make during your career. And it’s great to enjoy the great taste of a win after so long."
Maxime Bouet retained the leader’s fuchsia jersey for another day by continuing with his 3'19" GC lead. "Tomorrow, I will need to cover the Astana guys as they have plenty of riders who are very suited to high gradients like Sega di Ala. With such an advantage and the condition I had three weeks ago, I could have negotiated through tomorrow with little worry. Nevertheless, I am still hoping for this – for myself and for my team, who are doing an outstanding job” commented Bouet.
Tomorrow is the final stage, ending with a new, tough, uphill finish to Sega di Ala after 166.8 km.
The climb averages 9.2% with its 21 hairpin turns. The first 6 km have a 10% average which in certain parts reaches 14 to 16%. There are a series of hairpin turns leading up to an altitude above 800 m. Then there is a tunnel and the road flattens out for about 500 m around the 7th km of the climb. Then there are the 3 hardest km where the average incline is around 11.5% reaching 20% in some parts. After that the road continues to climb gently for the last 3 km leading to the H.C. KOM point and the finish line which is placed at the end of a 300 m. long and 4 m. wide straight with an approximately 2% grade.
Pozzovivo won't be in contention as he crashed out today (rib contusions and elbow wound). Will Bouet be able to hold off Wiggins, Nibali and Santambrogio (3rd, 4th and 5th)? Turn the TVs and computers on for an exciting finale.
Top 20 GC:
|1||Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale||13:23:36|
|2||Kanstantin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling||0:03:19|
|3||Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling||0:03:48|
|4||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team||0:03:57|
|5||Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini - Selle Italia||0:04:06|
|6||Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team||0:04:19|
|7||Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team||0:04:20|
|8||Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:04:27|
|9||Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar||0:04:49|
|10||Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida||0:04:52|
|11||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||0:05:03|
|12||Andre Fernando S.Mar Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA||0:05:34|
|13||Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA||0:05:39|
|14||Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox||0:05:42|
|15||Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling||0:05:51|
|16||Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice||0:05:54|
|17||Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli||0:06:07|
|18||Ivan Rovny (Rus) Ceramica Flaminia - Fondriest||0:06:10|
|19||Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp - Endura||0:06:16|
|20||Christopher Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team||0:06:17|
Photo: Giro del Trentino
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