CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“I hoped that the climb [at the end] would take something from the legs of Bouhanni and that he would arrive more tired than me. We went full gas on the climb and I went over around 10th position," Nizzolo says

Photo: Sirotti

GIACOMO NIZZOLO

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

GIRO D'ITALIA

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

TREK - SEGAFREDO

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
20.05.2014 @ 19:10 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

For the third time in this year's Giro d'Italia, Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) was beaten into third by Nacer Bouhanni when the 10th stage came down to the expected bunch sprint. The Italian had shown excellent condition on the late climb and had hoped that the ascent would have tired his faster rival.

 

He is, if nothing else, consistent to a fault.   

 

But that is not what Giacomo Nizzolo, or the team, wanted. With already a third and a pair of second place finishes under his belt ahead of today’s flat 173-kilometer stage, another second place was not required.

 

Once again Trek Factory Racing showed superb teamwork in setting Nizzolo up for the sprint, but once again Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) spoiled the party.

 

“I hoped that the climb [at the end] would take something from the legs of Bouhanni and that he would arrive more tired than me. We went full gas on the climb and I went over around 10th position," he said. "I was feeling pretty good and I hoped that today was my day.

 

"In the end when I saw him arrive in the last kilometer, I realized that again it would be a battle between us, and, okay, he won again, but I have to be happy that I was there to fight. Being second three times is not bad. We can take something positive from that.”

 

Two riders bid adieu in the opening kilometers of the mostly flat stage and set off on a long, lonely and fated flight. Trek Factory Racing employed Riccardo Zoidl to assist in the chase, and the inevitable catch was timed perfectly to the final nine kilometers.

 

Once the two escapees were back in the fold Trek Factory Racing waited and moved to the front with three kilometers to go. Taking over the driver’s seat they pushed the accelerator to keep Nizzolo protected at the front.

 

Just before the final corner, less than 300 meters from the line, a crash in the front positions stalled most of the peloton, however, Nizzolo sat in fifth wheel, safely ahead of the carnage.

 

Taking initiative, Nizzolo launched the sprint first and hugged the inside barriers in a perfect line. However, Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr), tight to Nizzolo’s wheel, saluted this ideal lead out by springing around Nizzolo meters before the line for his third stage win of this year’s Giro.  Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) was third.     

 

“I tried the same tactic as last time by trying to anticipate [Bouhanni]. Today I really believed it would work as I saw the finish line in front of me and we were not next to each other – I was leading – but in the last meters he passed me and the dream was over.

 

“I slowed a little bit at the end because the sprint was too long for me. But the best way to try and beat him was to start before him and gain some meters. I tried, but it didn’t work. So the only thing we can do is to try again.”

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

List of CyclingQuotes previews 15.05.2017 @ 07:54End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08Young Dimension Data team targets third consecutive win... 04.01.2017 @ 14:01Vakoc leads Quick-Step at Tour Down Under 04.01.2017 @ 13:58Puncheur course for 2017 Arctic Race of Norway 04.01.2017 @ 13:55Ewan makes it itwo in row at Criterium Championships 04.01.2017 @ 13:53Track world champion wins Australian U23 criterium title 04.01.2017 @ 13:50Orica-Scott target numerous Australian titles 04.01.2017 @ 13:472017 team analysis: Movistar Team 03.01.2017 @ 17:30Wilier-Selle Italia confirm signing of Italian talent 03.01.2017 @ 17:21Novo Nordisk under pressure to secure new sponsorship 03.01.2017 @ 17:15Report: Dumoulin to focus on the Giro 03.01.2017 @ 17:06U23 World Champion forced to turn down Quick-Step 03.01.2017 @ 17:03Ag2r veteran announces retirement 03.01.2017 @ 16:59Thurau finds new team in Kuwait 03.01.2017 @ 16:5520 teams for Challenge Mallorca 03.01.2017 @ 16:47Tony Martin unveils new rainbow jersey 03.01.2017 @ 16:39

Rebecca WIASAK
33 years | today
Daniel BABIC
33 years | today
Leif-Johnny STØDLE
37 years | today
Denis VORONTSOV
31 years | today
Martine LICKER
44 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com 2013