93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 21 Final Reactions
Team & Riders comment on stage 21 and the success in the
2010 tour of Italy, Ivan Basso, Bjarne Riis, Gustav Larsson, Alex Sans
Vega, Valerio Piva, Carlos Sastre and more.... Photos
Ivan now turns his eyes to the yellow jersey of
“With the pink jersey I’ve found happiness again," Ivan Basso said after lifing
his trophy to the sky. " This victory is a starting point and now I’m looking
forward to the roads and mountains of the Tour de France.”
Ivan Basso with his trophy
Photo Courtesy Elite
Team Saxo Bank
Gustav Larsson Won Final Stage - Richie Porte Seventh In First GT!
Team Saxo Bank's powerful Swede, Gustav Larsson
demonstrated his unique talents by taking Team Saxo Bank's second stage win by
crossing the finish line in 20.19 minutes. The always loyal and easygoing
Swedish rider underlined his superior strength in the discipline against the
clock and truly put the icing on the cake for Team Saxo Bank's success in this
year's Giro d'Italia.
Team Saxo Bank's man for the future, Richie Porte also did an impressive time
trial and finished his first grand tour seventh overall after crossing the
finish line in eleventh best time on the stage. In addition, he nailed the white
jersey as winner of the young rider competition; he also kept his position among
the best riders in the world in the top seven of the overall.
D.S. Dan Frost on Larsson and Porte's
”Gustav (Larsson) is a former mountain biker and he was absolutely fearless on
the tricky descent and secured him the stage win on the last part of the course.
He is technically superior and combined with his impressive power, he
practically tossed his bike around the corners and was finally an obvious winner
of the stage. Richie (Porte) did a solid time trial and maintained a magnificent
position in the overall classification. We are more than happy about his
performance but we may all need a few days to realize his achievements in the
race. The Giro being his first grand tour, every day is a learning process and
who knows how far he can get in the future.”
Gustav Larsson pleased with time trial win...
”It is my first victory this year and it so cool to be standing on the top step
of the podium after the final stage of a Giro where everyone on the team has
contributed to our general success throughout the past three weeks. It was
undoubtedly a technically difficult descent but I was second best in the
intermediate on the top of the climb halfway which surely indicates that I did
not win the stage based on technical abilities but on raw power as well,” states
stage winner, Gustav Larsson.
Bjarne Riis Proud Of Giro Line-Up
Team Saxo Bank had an adventurous Giro d'Italia. When Michael Mørkøv,
Anders Lund, Richie Porte, Gustav Larsson, Lucas Sebastian Haedo, Laurent
Didier, Baden Cooke, Chris Anker Sørensen and Nicki Sørensen entered the race in
Rotterdam May 8th including four Grand Tour debutants and a team leader who had
just returned to road cycling after having broken his collarbone a few weeks
earlier in the line-up, very few people relied on any success in Italy.
But three weeks, two stage victories, three days in the leader's jersey, an
overall victory of the young rider competition and an overall seventh later,
eight Team Saxo Bank riders, including all four debutants were able to put a
Giro d'Italia well done on their resume. An achievement team owner, Bjarne Riis
is very proud of:
Bjarne Riis, fantastic journey...
”The Giro has been a fantastic journey for us with two stage victories and a
debutant winning the young rider competition and finishing seventh overall. I
have paid attention to each rider's enormous individual will to fight but more
importantly, I'm so happy to see the guys working together as a solid team
around Richie (Porte) and it really shows team spirit and their general quality
as riders. Richie surprised everyone around him and it's not every day you see a
star being born like that. It's going to be interesting following his
development in the years to come."
BMC Racing Team
Evans Finishes Fifth At Giro d'Italia
BMC Racing Team world road champion Cadel Evans finished fifth overall Sunday at
the Giro d'Italia, capping a race that saw him win one stage, the points jersey
and the Trofeo Bonacossa (the race's top rider as voted by journalists).
Fourth In Final Stage
Evans placed fourth in the final time trial, 22 seconds back of stage winner
Erik Gustaf Larson (Saxo Bank). He was 3:27 behind overall winner Ivan Basso
(Liquigas) in his first Giro since placing 14th in 2002.
"I didn't do as good a time trial as I had hoped to today but that's the way it
Celebrating with the Australian at the finish in Verona were teammates
Brent Bookwalter, Michael Schär, Florian Stalder and Danilo Wyss.
"Overall, we came here with the legs and also the ability to win it,"
Evans said. "So when you're aiming to win a Grand Tour to come away with fifth
is a little bit disappointing," Evans said. "But overall, with my own health
issues and having a bit of a reduced team, it was satisfying. But you always
want to do more."
HTC - Columbia
Marco Pinotti Soars to Top Ten Result
HTC-Columbia's Marco Pinotti wrapped up a fine Giro d'Italia with a second place
on the stage 21 time trial Sunday, and in ninth place overall - his best ever
result on general classification in a three-week tour.
In the closing 15-kilometre time trial in Verona, Pinotti clocked the best
time at the intermediate checkpoint halfway round the course, and completed the
stage just two seconds down on Sweden's Gustav Erik Larsson. Overall, the
HTC-Columbia rider was fourteen minutes and 20 seconds down on winner Ivan
HTC-Columbia's sports director Valerio Piva.
"This has been Marco's best major Tour result by far, and to achieve that in a
Giro d'Italia as challenging as this one - I would say the hardest of the last
five or six years - was really exceptional. He fought hard from start to finish
in the overall classification, and it's a GC result which I'm sure will inspire
the team's other riders. Kanstantsin Sivtsov was supposed to be our leader here
but he broke his collarbone in a crash before the race started, and Marco has
really stepped up to the challenge."
Andre Greipel hung on through the mountains to achieve his mission to take home
a stage victory.
Photo © 2010 Lampre/Farnese Vini
Two Stage Wins
Matt Goss & André Greipel
In addition to Pinotti contending the overall, HTC-Columbia took two stages in
the 2010 Giro, with Matt Goss of Australia and André Greipel of Germany. "André
hung on all the way through the mountains despite being ill, and was determined
to get his stage win. That determination finally paid off. As for Matt, he saw
his chance and he took it - all credit to him. Craig Lewis came close, too, in
the stage to Cesenatico. He only just missed out on the chance of a win, but he
played his cards well."
Marco Pinotti had his best G.C. performance on the attack in Stage 13.
Overall Piva feels HTC-Columbia can be "more than satisfied how we rode in the
Giro this year. We came here with what was essentially a team to work for the
bunch sprints, but we consistently performed above expectations all round."
Jerome Pineau Wins Trofeo Fuga
Jerome Pineau stepped up to the podium on Sunday to claim the
prize as the rider who covered the most kilometres in breaks for this Giro.
Pineau succeeds his team mate Mauro Facci, who won this special category in
2009. Pineau was also third in both the Intermediate sprints & Combativity
classifications pointing up his aggressive riding throughout the race.
“Personally, it’s a great satisfaction - said
Pineau - In this Giro I won a stage, wore the points jersey and I was
always one of the most combative riders. My result is a reward for the exemplary
behaviour of the team; we were always on the attack to honour our jersey.”
Byelorussian Branislau Samoilau was the best placed Quick Step rider at 39th
Lampre leads the chase
Photo © 2010 Lampre/Farnese Vini
Ignatas Konovalovas 6th in Final ITT
Cervélo’s Ignatas Konovalovas (LIT) ended the 2010 Giro d’Italia on a high note
by riding to sixth in the final-day time trial while Carlos Sastre (ESP)
finished among the top-10 as the season’s first grand tour concluded Sunday.
Konovalovas set an early fast time of 20:42 and led Cervélo with sixth on the
stage at 23 seconds behind stage-winner Gustav Larsson (SWE) on a spectacular
Giro finale that ended inside the Roman arena in Verona.
“It was a good ride today. I was feeling quite good in the climbs in the last
few stages. The legs had good sensations during the stage. We made a plan that I
wasn’t going to go full-gas in the beginning part of the stage today, about
95-96 percent. Then I went as hard as I could in the final part of the stage. My
problem was that I braked a little much in some of the corners, so that cost me
some time. It’s a good way to end the Giro.”
Cervélo’s Carlos Sastre (ESP) led the team in the general classification with
eighth overall at 9:39 behind winner Ivan Basso (ITA). Sastre came into this
Giro ready to fight for victory, but two crashes in the first week handicapped
his chances. Sastre then snuck into the decisive breakaway at L’Aquila in the
second week to revive his chances and the 2008 Tour de France champion attacked
until Saturday’s penultimate stage to try to reach the final podium.
Carlos Sastre on a difficult race...
“It’s been a very hard race, very difficult at times. I came to this Giro aiming
for everything, but things did not work out as I had hoped. That’s cycling, you
cannot change it. You can only keep fighting. I am still content with this Giro.
It’s been an interesting race and we’ve kept our options open until the end of
the race. I gave 100 percent and I fought right until the very end, attacking
yesterday. I did my best and gave all I had.”
Cervélo sport director Alex Sans Vega, Satisfied
“If you’re looking only at the results, some people might think it wasn’t so
good, but if you look at the big picture and the problems we had in this race, I
think it’s very positive. We were twice third, we gave a big show on the stage
of L’Aquila, we were fighting until the final stage to be on the podium at the
Giro d’Italia. To win a stage, sometimes you need a little bit of luck, too. At
a global level, I don’t think anyone can criticize the hard work of the team.
There were some very difficult moments that we were able to overcome. When the
riders give everything, that’s what I take satisfaction from, the good results
are an extra reward.”
Sans Vega said the team was riddled with injuries, crashes and illness,
especially in the first week when team captain Sastre crashed twice.
“We had two hard falls with Carlos, we had a bad fall with Volodimir Gustov (UKR),
Iñigo Cuesta (ESP) was three days with stomach problems that he almost
abandoned, Tondo was also on antibiotics, and don’t forget the bad weather we’ve
had throughout this Giro,” he said. “Carlos’s back was very bad. Carlos is a
rider with a lot of experience, who knows how to suffer, and his passion for the
Giro, that’s why he was able to finish this race. We can be very satisfied with
The 93rd Giro was full of milestones for Cervélo. Marcel Wyss (SUI) successfully
completed his grand tour debut while Iñigo Cuesta finished his 26th grand tour.
“I’ve raced a lot of grand tours, but have never seen a finish quite like
that,” said Iñigo Cuesta after rolling into
Verona’s Roman arena. “We can be satisfied with this Giro. We all gave 100
percent and we never stopped fighting. Carlos was hoping for more in the GC, but
even yesterday we saw that he wasn’t afraid to fight to the last possible
moment. That’s what this team is about. We never stop fighting.”
Two riders succumbed to fatigue Saturday, when Gabriel Rasch (NOR) and Xavier
Tondo (ESP) abandoned just one day short of Verona.
“I feel really sorry for those guys. We missed an early break (Saturday), so
Gabriel really worked to help us to reel in the breakaway so we could get Carlos
and Marcel in there. To run out of gas 100km from the last hard stage is tough,”
said Daniel Lloyd (GBR). “We are missing a
stage-win from this Giro, but we gave everything we could, right up until the
last day. This is my second Giro and this has been a tough Giro. It’s been a
long three weeks, with cold, rain, crashes, and nerves. I am glad it’s over!
We’ve all done our job, well done. We can be proud of that.”
Vladimir Karpets 14th
Vladimir Karpets held on to his 14th place in general classification of the
Giro d'Italia "till the finish line of the last course in Verona.
Karpets was 20th in ITT at 0.54 behind the stage winner of Gustav Erik
What a pity, Karpets mistook one of the last corners to lose around 25-30
seconds, while "ET" had a chance to finish in the Top-10. At The Same Time
That Was Petrov had the best time for Katusha finishing13th at, 0.39.
Linus Gerdemann top German in Giro Debut
Still suffering from bronchitis Milram's captain, Linus Gerdemann the 28
year old rider from Munster, Germany succeeded in defending his 16th place in
the G.C. in his debut performance; the rider was satisfied with, as was
his directeur sportif Christian Henn. Matthias Russ was the best placed Milram
rider in the final time trial.
"I am satisfied with my performance and my first Giro. Without getting sick, I
would surely have done better. Now I will prepare for the Tour de France in
Bbox Bouygues Telecom
The Turquoise team can claim a successful Giro with a stage win and three podium
appearances. Beyond the results, each day they showed excellent initiative
getting in the breaks and seeking victories.
Johan Tshcopp, consecration
Johann Tschopp has incredible talent. An excellent climber, he lacked a success
so far. This Saturday he took both his most prestigious win of his career and
the Cima Coppi. A prestigious victory for Turquoise reflecting the excellent
early season. In March, the team of Jean-Rene Bernaudeau counted wins, in
first Paris-Nice with William Bonnet. In April, two victories in the Three Days
of De Panne and Route Adelie and a top ten in the Tour of Flanders. This
success also reflects the return to grace Tschopp. After a difficult 2009
season, the Swiss rider found his best form. Escaped during the 6th and 8th
steps, and excellent in the mountain time trial (13th).
Arashiro, the stubborn
We know, Yukiya Arashiro never gives up. The Japanese rider demonstrated an
inexhaustible energy in the breaks. A key, a podium on the fifth stage won by
Jerome Pineau (Quick Step). A great result which rewarded his continuous
activity. He even tried his luck at the 20 km escape. He would have liked to
earn a bouquet , like Tschopp; ut his time will come no doubt.
The successes, Thomas Voeckler, the Alsatian was close last season to put his
name on the Tour of Italy, foiled by Philippe Gilbert. This year after a
breakaway led completely, the puncher of Bbox Bouygues Telecom he failed by half
a wheel to get second to Filippo Pozzato on the 12th stage. Voeckler is
perfectly prepared for headlines of summer.
. A team of daring
Guillaume Le Floch, Claude Mathieu, Damien Gaudin, Yuriy Trofimov, William
Bonnet, they all tried their luck in the Giro 2010. A special mention to Claude,
who competed for the victory in the 13th stage. More generally, the men
responded with daring and panache, all having complied with the instructions to
carry high the colors turquoise.
2010 Giro Podium: David Duran Arroyo, Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali
Pink Skies Over Verona
Elite has conquered the Giro d’Italia podium 2010
The 2010Giro d’Italia belongs to Ivan Basso and Team Liquigas Doimo. The success
was constructed with the powerful will of the entire Liquigas Doimo juggernaut,
first in the time trial at Cuneo, then with the collaboration between Basso and
Nibali, first on the dirt roads of Montalcino and then on the Monte Grappa;
Basso’s great performance on the hard ramps at Zoncolan and in the time trial
climb at Plan de Corones and Basso’s extraordinary work with the support of the
entire team in the major alpine stages at Mortirolo and Gavia. Finally Ivan
Basso entered the Arena di Verona with arms raised to ride the last metres that
separated him from his pink jersey after 21 stages, 3 weeks of racing and more
than 3,400 kilometres of steely will and extraordinary efforts. This was a
beautiful Giro d’Italia, an exciting hard fought struggle from the first stage
to the very last.
“With the pink jersey I’ve found happiness again - said Basso as he lifted
his cup to the sky-. This victory is a starting point and now I’m looking
forward to the roads and mountains of the Tour de France.” His eye is on the
yellow jersey. Cycling has rediscovered one of its champions.
After four difficult years he’s managed to make it back to the top with
humility, determination, hard training and many sacrifices. Basso is the
champion, wearer of the pink jersey, winner of the Giro. A piece of that pink
jersey also belongs to his team mates, who were all extraordinary from beginning
to end in every stage. They are a veritable “dream team”, and Elite is their
official sponsor and supplier. They’re the only team to close out the Giro
without any withdrawals: Nibali, Agnoli, Szmyd, Kiserlovsky, Sabatini,
Dall’Antonia, Vanotti and Bodnar.
Elite enjoyed many satisfactions, closing the Giro with 5 athletes in the top
5 spots: The Liquigas Doimo pair Basso and Nibali who were first and third
respectively; in between them the impressive Spaniard David Arroyo (Caisse
d’Epargne), in a well deserved and honourable second place, and then at the foot
of the podium in fourth place Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli), with Cadel
Evans (BMC Racing) in fifth place. A total of 11 stage victories were branded
Elite. In addition to the pink jersey, Elite also took the red jersey for the
points standings conquered by World Champion Cadel Evans and the general team
standings for both time and points with Team Liquigas Doimo.
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