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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 21 Final Reactions & Photos
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Date: 6/2/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 21 Final Reactions & Photos

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 21 Final Reactions  & hotos
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 France...
“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 accomplishments...
”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.

Cadel Evans...
"I didn't do as good a time trial as I had hoped to today but that's the way it goes."
 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 Basso.

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."

Quick Step
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 at 1:46.02.

Lampre leads the chase   Photo © 2010 Lampre/Farnese Vini

Cervélo TestTeam
 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.

 Ignatas Konovalovas
“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 this Giro.”

Giro Milestones...
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.”

Team Katusha
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 Larsson. 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.

Team Milram
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.

Linus Gerdemann...
"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 July.“

Bbox Bouygues Telecom
Three Podiums...

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.

 Voeckler near
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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