Monday, July 24, 2017

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Contador claims pink with overall win at Giro d’Italia 2015

Tinkoff-Saxo’s team captain Alberto Contador succeeded in what he set out to do: to win the 98th edition of Giro d’Italia! After 21 days of flat-out racing, in what many regard as the hardest Giro in recent times, Tinkoff-Saxo and Alberto Contador can celebrate the overall victory after a grand team effort. “This is a special win”, says Contador.


Crossing the line safely in Milan after a couple of hectic laps, Alberto Contador could finally receive the pink jersey that matters the most. Few moments later he lifted the iconic spiraling trophy with his name now engraved and added his name in the Grand Tour history once again. Turning his attention to the waiting press, the overall winner says:


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Giro d'Italia Stage 21: Keisse Shocks the Peloton, Wins from Breakaway

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Iljo Keisse earned the 30th victory of the road season for the team on Sunday, winning a two-up sprint against Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE) after the duo escaped with 30km remaining in the conclusive 21st Stage of the Giro d'Italia, from Torino to Milano. Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling) was 3rd out of the field sprint behind.


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Caruso Eighth At Giro d'Italia; Gilbert 'Most Aggressive'

Damiano Caruso of the BMC Racing Team finished eighth Sunday at the Giro d'Italia while teammate Philippe Gilbert earned "most aggressive rider" honors and was also awarded the Bonacossa Trophy for his two stage wins.

Caruso's result was a career-best in a grand tour, bettering his ninth place at the Vuelta a España last year. He finished 12:08 behind Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), who won the Giro d'Italia for the second time.

"This is definitely a highlight of my career," Caruso said. "This was a very hard Giro and I was fighting to keep in the top 10 every day. I have my teammates to thank for helping me achieve my goal."

Gilbert took the most aggressive title by three points over Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL-Jumbo). With the help of teammates Marcus Burghardt and Silvan Dillier, Gilbert attacked about four kilometers from the special sprint line to overtake Kruijswijk in the special classification that combines points for sprints, climbing and race finishes.

"This morning at the meeting, we saw he could get this prize," BMC Racing Team Sport Director Fabio Baldato said. "Philippe was only two points behind and it was only a sprint and a finish today, so we thought we would give it a try. It was our motivation for the day."

Gilbert also took home the Bonacossa Trophy, as voted on by a jury of journalists, for producing the "best exploit." He won on the uphill finish at Monte Berico in Vicenza on Stage 12, then soloed to victory from 19 kilometers out in Verbania on Stage 18. Gilbert joins Cadel Evans (2010) as the only two BMC Racing Team riders to earn the honor.

BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the team achieved everything it aimed to - and more - during the three-week race.

"We certainly have a lot to be proud of," Ochowicz said. "We wanted to win at least one stage while getting Damiano in the top 10. And we ended up winning two stages in a good display of teamwork both times. So we exceeded our expectations. It is really a tribute to the riders, as well as the sport directors and the staff who worked hard to support them during three good weeks."

Baldato said he was proud of the eight riders who pedaled their BMC teammachine SLR01s all 3,486 kilometers of 21 stages. Only Stefan Küng, who crashed out on a rain-soaked descent on Stage 12, did not make it to Milan.

"The team was really good this entire Giro," Baldato said. "We are really happy because this was not an easy Giro. Every day, we saw the guys giving everything and doing whatever we asked of them. It is nice to see us have the success because everyone worked so hard."

Besides Caruso, two other BMC Racing Team riders were in the top 20: Amaël Moinard was 15th (30:35 behind) and Darwin Atapuma was 16th (40:36). The BMC Racing Team also finished second in the team classification behind Astana Pro Team.

Rick Zabel, the youngest rider in the race, joined teammates Atapuma, Brent Bookwalter, Burghardt, Caruso, Dillier, Gilbert and Moinard as the BMC Racing Team's other finishers. It was the first Giro for Burghardt, Dillier and Zabel.

Iljo Keisse (Etixx-Quick Step) won the final stage ahead of Luke Durbridge (ORICA-GreenEDGE) as the pair broke away on the final circuits in Milan during the 178-km stage.

Nizzolo wins Giro d'Italia red points jersey

Giacomo Nizzolo secured the maglia rossa on the final day in the Giro d’Italia by taking the third place points in the second intermediate sprint behind a two-rider breakaway, then sprinting to fifth place as the escapees contested the stage win.

Nizzolo: “It was hard to control today, and during the stage we lost some points. For the second sprint there was a lot of stress – maybe too much – and in the end the breakaway was gone and for us that was not bad, so we let them go for the jersey. The final sprint was a bit chaotic, but I took 3rd of the bunch and in front of my main competitors so it all worked out.”



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Eusebio Unzué: "The boys' behavior during the Giro was fantastic"

Milan received the 163 survivors of the 98th Giro d'Italia on Sunday, with Alberto Contador (TCS) taking overall honours after a race full of emotions, as underlined by the Movistar Team's general manager Eusebio Unzué. “I think everyone who followed this year's Giro on TV could enjoy a real movie in every stage. There was no day without a share of emotions; we always had something interesting going on into the race."



One stage win -conquered by Beñat Intxausti in Campitello Matese-, the Maglia Azzurra for the best climber by Giovanni Visconti and, overall, the fourth place by Andrey Amador -one of the biggest revelations of the race- in the general classification complete a notable performance by the telephone squad. “I'd highlight the fantastic behavior by the whole team all over the race. We came here with a 'free ticket' for everyone to try their best and succeed, aiming for stage wins while Beñat and Ion (Izagirre) set their goals on the GC. Due to reasons we already witnessed during the first week, neither of those two could fight for that first goal, but in exchange, the race gave us the rest.”


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