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“We were expecting a bit more from Giacomo from what he has shown last year, and this year, that he can pass the climb. We believed in that, but in the end it did not work out, he did not have the legs, and we did not get the result,&...

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07.02.2014 @ 18:57 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Trek Factory Racing did a hard work to chase down the early breakaway on today's queen stage of the Dubai Tour, hoping that Giacomo Nizzolo would survive the climbs and take a sprint win. However, the Italian finished in the second group, leading to regrets in the Trek camp.


When BMC decided that it was time to bring back the early escape on today's queen stage of the Dubai Tour, they got assistance from Trek Factory Racing. Fabio Silvestre did a hard work for most of the stage to set up his sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo for the win.


It wasn't to be though as the Italian was unable to keep up with the best on the climbs near the end of the stage.


We were expecting a bit more from Giacomo from what he has shown last year, and this year, that he can pass the climb,” explained director Adriano Baffi. “We believed in that, but in the end it did not work out, he did not have the legs, and we did not get the result. But we tried, we did what we wanted to do. That's cycling. So now we look to tomorrow.”


Trek Factory Racing's Fabio Silvestre did a tremendous job in helping BMC bring back the breakaway, a familiar role for the neo-pro in the early-going of the 2014 season.


“The team tried to help pull and Danilo [Hondo] told me to help work,” said Fabio Silvestre. “I spent a lot of time at the front. If you want to go for the stage win you have to suffer - you cannot have an omelet without breaking an egg. It was hard for me, but I was happy to do my job.”


Although the last hills made for an exciting finish, and the change in parcours from the flat, desert roads was a welcome sight for a few, in the end little had changed as the race enters the final stage tomorrow.


“It was a long day on flat roads and I was looking forward to the hills at the end,” said Bob Jungels. “I like it when it is a really hard finish like this – it is better for me. I think it was a bit tougher than what everyone expected from what was in the book; you don’t expect it after riding through the flat desert to find a finish like this.


“I bridged to the first attack of Movistar with 10 kilometers to go and after that it was à bloc. There was time to recover a bit before the end and it was a pity that I could not help Fabian more in the final sprint.”


Starting at 10.45 CET you can follow tomorrow's final stage on You can read our preview of the stage here.



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