91st Giro d'Italia - Stage 11 Interviews
After race Interviews, Team and Rider Comments...
Bertolini, Simoni, Di Luca, Baliani, Savoldelli, and more...
Stage 11 winner and Renaissance Man
Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni's Alessandro Bertolini
It's never too late to win a stage, and Alessandro
Bertolini proved this point as he opened his Giro d'Italia account at
the age of 36:
"I came close to winning in the past, and was even second to Tonkov in 2004 .
But I got it today, at last! I must thank my teammates, and Gibo in particular;
this victory belongs to him too. I put team tactics into practice as I went on
the attack early into the stage in order to anticipate the climb. Then (Simoni)
gave me green light and told me to go and win the stage. I'm very grateful to
Gianni (team manager Gianni Savio) too, because he picked me up in his
squad and gave me the opportunity to do well in this race. Now I can look after
helping Gibo make the podium or even win the race: he's got the right legs - and
the right mind - to win." Baliani and his last kilometre fall? "Well, things
happen. I fell myself too today. Cycling is like that, you know".
Gilberto Simoni was pleased that his
teammate dedicated today's stage victory to him, but didn't speak of himself as
"Alessandro deserved to win a Giro stage. Today's leg didn't make much of an
impact (on the overall), but this is no surprise. I experienced something
similar three years ago, in another mountain stage in the Apennines, when
everything happened ... and nothing changed. Had the rain fallen all the time
today, we could have had some epic cycling, with the peloton breaking into
pieces. But this was not the case. My next target is a stage victory at Pampeago,
because it would be a "home win", but also as I just like the place. I like to
CSF-Navigare Fortunato Baliani part of
the day long break, who crashed in the final 800 meters and finished third,
"What a silly way to finish the stage. Nothing goes right. I ended up like Sella
the other day"
Danilo Di Luca was upset at the finish:
"This was a pointless stage, all the climbs were far from the finish. The rest
was all about the road going up and down. And we ran too many risks".
Paolo Savoldelli gave some explanations
about LPR's sometime questionable team tactics, and why he didn't put in one of
his frequent downhill shows:
"We had planned an attack on today's hardest climb, so we wanted to have some
men on the front. But when we realized that Danilo was a marked man and they
wouldn't let him go, we got Bosisio on the move. Later I tried myself, but it
didn't work. At some point, with all the rain and everything, I couldn't even
hear the radio, I didn't know what was going on. I didn't attack on the descent
because it wasn't worth the effort today. I knew that this stage wasn't going to
change a thing, and I think that I was right".
Leonardo Piepoli was amongst those
bearing the worst consequences of such "risks": hit his left hand, hip and
even injured his superciliary arch. "And all of this with the climbs just two
days away. That's not good at all. I am not used to give up so easily, but
we'll see ..."
Emanuele Sella (Maglia Verde)
was a true "mud-man" after the stage today. We lost count of the
misfortunes he was marred by throughout the Giro, the times he fell, the bike
problems he had, and so on, and so on ...
"Today was worse than a few days ago (the day he was in the winning
breakaway and punctured a few kilometres from the finish...). The first
time I fell there was that motorbike on the road, and I don't know why it was
there. Visconti fell, and so did I. But I didn't realize what really happened
25 kilometres from the finish either: I just know that I found Piepoli's bike
(on my way) in the middle of the road, then I ended up in a nearby wood. Well,
when such things happen, in the end you're just happy that you're safe and
sane and back in the saddle...".
Saunier's boss Pietro Algeri added:
"there was a hidden turn, many pulled their brakes, the road was slippery, and
several riders fell. I think Piepoli will get some stitches, but things could
have been even worse. Riccò thought he could finish the stage on the front
with a small group, but things didn't live to expectations".
Pablo Lastras Protagonist in Stage 11
Pablo Lastras finished the second of stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia, Urbania -Cesena
(193 kilometers). The rider of the team Caisse d’Epargne broke at km 42
together with 4 other riders (Laurent Mangel, Fortunato Baliani, Jussi
Veikkanen and Alessandro Bertolini).
“I planned to attack today”, explained Lastras
who attacked a first time at 25 km from the finish. “We cooperated very
well and in the final everybody tried to attack on turn. Only three of us were
left for the victory but Baliani’s crash in the last kilometer changed the
development of the sprint. I had to brake very hard and start again. Bertolini
who was in the lead when that happened took the opportunity to take some
advance. It is a fact that I am disappointed for finishing only the second
after I worked so hard during the whole stage but on the other side I am also
satisfied because I showed today that I am able to achieve something good in
the Giro and I hope I will have another chance before we reach Milan.”
Marzio Advances to 4th in G.C.
Santambrogio Injured, abandons race.
After yesterday victory, Marzio Bruseghin gained one position in the
11th stage of Giro d'Italia. The dangerous stage, characterized by many
crashes, was won by Bertolini thanks to a long breakaway and Visconti is still
the leader of the overall standing.
Santambrogio too had an accident: he was trying an attack when he slipped
in a bend and hit his shoulder. He abandoned the race and went to Urbino
hospital, where x-ray showed that the shoulder is dislocated.
Bruseghin's performance was good, in fact he was able to be in the best
group when Riccò tried to accelerate, action then neutralized. The bunch
reached the arrival at 3'53" from Bertolini and Lorenzetto obtained the 9th
position. In the overall standing, Bruseghin is 4th at 7'52" from Visconti.
Larsson Advances to 10th on G.C. in Spite
Wednesday's 193-kilometer 11th stage of Giro d'Italia was
very eventful. A nervous, aggressive and short stage with a lot of rain
resulted in numerous crashes and unfortunately almost the entire Team CSC crew
Gustav Larsson and Chris Anker Sørensen made it through without time loss
compared to the rest of the favorites Gustav Larsson advanced to an overall
10th place, but Nicki Sørensen crashed out of his top position. Team CSC was
well represented with five riders in the peloton counting about 50 in total,
who all crossed the finish line together. Ahead of them were six guys, who had
escaped earlier and they ended up competing for the victory, which went to
Alessandro Bertolini (Diquigiovanni) about four minutes ahead of the peloton.
Along the way there were a number of attempts from the favorites, which
caused the peloton to split a few times – aided by a few crashes as well, but
still a large group of riders ended up finishing together. Michael Blaudzun
was best for Team CSC in 12th place.
"It was a really nervous stage and just about all our guys were involved in
crashes. Nicki crashed and lost some time as a result, but like the others,
who went down, he got off lightly without any injuries. Jens almost made the
break and is generally feeling pretty strong so he'll probably try again. And
now we have two flat stages before hitting the really big mountains this
weekend," said Kim Andersen.
Red Bird's Report - Saunier Duval/Scott
Alessandro Bertolini (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) has won stage eleven of
the 91st Giro d´Italia (Urbania-Cesena, 199 kilometres), characterized by rain
and crashes. Bertolini managed to get the win out of a three-man break when
Fortunato Baliani (CSF Group Navigare) crashed in the last turn and Pablo
Lastras García (Caisse d´Epargne) couldn't get back onto the Italian´s wheel.
An initial five-man break -Bertolini, Lastras, Laurent Mangel (Ag2r), Jussi
Veikkanen (Française des Jeux) and Tiziano dall´Antonia (CSF Group Navigare)-
dominated the day.
Oblivious to the fight for the stage win, the favorites put up a good show
on Monte Carpegna (at Km. 107.6), which resulted in a selection of fifteen
riders including Saunier Duval/Scott´s Riccò and Piepoli. Then again in
Monteleone, "La Cobra" launched an attack that carved the bunch down to ten,
who later went down. Among them was Piepoli; he crossed the finish line with
multiple bruises. In the final kilometres there was some regrouping, thanks to
which the yellow squad placed four men -Riccò, Piepoli, Cañada and Camaño- in
the sixty-man leading bunch. Giovanni Visconti (Quick Step) has kept the
leader´s "maglia rosa," while Riccò´s climbed to 8th.
Lampre Comments Stage 10
Marzio Bruseghin "Thrilled"
Under the rain that fell on most part of the route from Urbino to PEsaro (39,4
kms), Marzio Bruseghin realized an outstanding time trial performance: even if
Lampre's athlete doesn't like rain and cold, his race was fantastic and he
could obtain the victory on Contador (8") and Kloden (20").
After a calm start (because of the rain) on the plain part of the route,
Bruseghin carried out a progression in the tough part to Urbino: the average
speed of 41,075 km/h and the time of 56'42" gave Marzio his second stage
victory in Giro (the first one last year in Oropa time trial) and his fourth
career victory (time trial Italian Championship in 2006 and team time trial in
Tour de Pologne 2007).
"I'm thrilled!": said Bruseghin when
Contador crossed the arrival in second position, then he commented: "When we
trained on this time trial route, I immediately felt that I liked it, then
during the race I had good feelings. This victory is for the whole team:
mechanics, masseurs, the whole staff and sponsor are always fantastic".
Good performance by Szmyd too, 27th at 2'58".
In the overall standing, Bruseghin is 5th at 7'52" from Visconti; Szmyd is
33rd at 12'55".