"In this way - he continued - we forced other teams to work and we have allowed our two captains to be calm before the final climbs".
"The team showed its strength - commented sport director Alexandr Shefer - led the race and Vincenzo Nibali has proven to be in a good shape."
"Tomorrow we will face one of the most important stages of the Giro with Dolomite climbs. It will be a very busy day, but I'm confident. "
Vincenzo Nibali was third on the finish line with 1 minute and 17 " behind the winner Mikel Nieve of Spain and ahead of its rivals. In the standings, he has gained two places and is now third overall at 41 " seconds from the new leader Andrey Amador of Costa Rica.
Good race of Jakob Fuglsang now tenth in the GC, as well as Michele Scarponi came just after the top group.
Tomorrow, the Queen Stage across the Dolomites, 210 km with six passes to be climbed, for a total rise and drop of 4,700m (out of 5,400m).