Good signal by Filippo Pozzato in the 19 th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, from Salvaterra do Miño in Cangas do Morrazo for a total of 180.5 kilometers.
The rider of Team Lampre Merida takes a nice third stage, on the day when the Italian national Team Coach Cassani has unveiled his list of names in view of theWorld Championship, in which we can find also the name of Pozzato.
Returning to the chronicle of the 19 th stage, usual performing of the race with the usual escape from afar, today consists of 3 men: Poels, Ligthart and Mangel. Their maximum advantage, however, has never taken off, with the formation of the fast men very careful not to leave a lot of space to the attackers.
In view of the penultimate climb of the day at the Monte Faro, were taken over the attackers, and then the group created a decent selection with a squad of 20 units to control the race. Well done on this occasion for Lampre Merida with Pozzato and Richeze to resist in the leading positions in view of a possible arrival in the sprint.
On the final climb at about 4 km from the finish line with a great choice of time and a large force, Adam Hansen has surprised the whole group and he came alone to the stage victory. In the remainder of the group, Pozzato has retained the top positions and went to sprint for the second place, sprint in which the athlete of Lampre Merida has seen himself close to the barriers and had to give the second place to Degenkolb.
Too bad for Richeze who withdrew from the head of the group right to the brow of the final climb, showing a good condition, however, in view of a possible part in the World Championship.
The impressions of Pozzato: “Today I knew it could be a stage suitable to my characteristics, and I fought hard and held on the final roughness following to try a sprint to narrow rows. Honor to Hansen who anticipated all, and took the right time, where no teams in the group had the opportunity to organize a chase. My condition is definitely good and i’m sorry to have missed a chance to show it in full. During the sprint I had to slow down because I was locked into the barricade, there is no regret, however, to a 2nd or 3rd place. I think at this time i’m cooler than other opponents and I can see in the right way my next appointments that are coming. “
ORDER OF ARRIVAL
1. HANSEN, Adam Lotto Belisol 4h 21′ 58”
2. DEGENKOLB, John Team Giant – Shimano + 5”
3. POZZATO, Filippo Lampre Merida + 5”
4. MARTINEZ, Yannick Team Europcar + 5”
5. MATTHEWS, Michael Orica GreenEdge + 5”
6. SOUPE, Geoffrey FDJ.fr + 5”
7. MARTENS, Paul Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 5”
8. STUYVEN, Jasper Trek Factory Racing + 5”
9. HARDY, Romain Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 5”
10. CARUSO, Damiano Cannondale Pro Cycling + 5”
1. CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff – Saxo 76h 00′ 40”
2. FROOME, Christopher Team SKY + 1′ 19”
3. VALVERDE, Alejandro Movistar Team + 1′ 32”
4. RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin Team Katusha + 2′ 29”
5. ARU, Fabio Astana Pro Team + 3′ 15”
6. MARTIN, Daniel Garmin Sharp + 6′ 52”
7. SÁNCHEZ, Samuel BMC Racing Team + 6′ 59”
8. BARGUIL, Warren Team Giant – Shimano + 9′ 12”
9. NAVARRO, Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 9′ 44”
10. CARUSO, Damiano Cannondale Pro Cycling + 9′ 45”
22. ANACONA, Winner Lampre Merida + 44′ 33”
27. NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw Lampre Merida + 1h 02′ 01”