“I’m super happy, quite surprise, but really pleased for this victory that is a very important sign for me and for the entire Astana Pro Team” those were the first words by the winner of the first stage of the new born Tour of the Alps (formerly Giro del Trentino).
“My teammates did a very good job in today’s stage to avoid any risk and take the last climb to the finish in the best position – explained Scarponi – when I saw Thomas attacking quite far from the finish, I decided to follow him and the other attackers and I felt good legs… then we arrived pretty fast on the final straight and at 200 meters from the finish I did my attack that was also a sprint: the roads was still steep and I wasn’t sure I was going to win until I crossed the finish line."
“This is a very good race that I’ve already won in 2011 – concluded the Italian – with today’s win I have conquered also the GC leadershid and for sure, me and my team, we will do our best to defend the jersey in the next stages…”.
A very satisfied Alexander Shefer, sport director together with Giuseppe Martinelli and Stefano Zanini here at the Tour of the Alps, commented this way Scarponi's win: “Finally we have got the victory! I can say that I think we deserved it since much time… I congratulate with Michele who demonstrated today to everyone the kind of professional he is – continued Shefer – this win is very good for the morale of everyone and demonstrates that we have worked in the right direction, preparing the Giro d’Italia… I’m really happy!”
On the uphill finish of Innsbruck, Michele Scarponi has beaten the British Geraint Thomas and the French Thibaut Pinot. Scarponi is also the GC Leader with 4 secs on Thomas and 6 secs on Pinot.
To underline also the performance of our Dario Cataldo who was sixth with the same time of the winner and now is 6th in the GC at 10 secs from Scarponi (as for the time bonuses).
Tomorrow, second stage of the Tour of the Alps, from Innsbruck to Innervillgraten (181,3 km) with the Brenner Pass after 29 km of race, the difficult climb of St. Justina at 25 km to go and the uphill final to the 1386 meters on the sea level.
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