Team NetApp conquers the podium at the Giro d'Italia
Bartosz Huzarski places second in Assisi
Bartosz Huzarski exceeded all expectations in the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia by placing second in a gripping finale. After racing for 186 kilometers he was beaten by a few seconds by just one man, Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha). As a result, Rodriguez Oliver now wears the overall leader's maglia rosa. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) came in third place. After today's stage Huzarski moved up into 16th place in the general classification.
"Bartosz had an outstanding race today. We're all thrilled. The team did a great job setting him up, and he crowned that performance with a spot on the podium. We showed that we're also good for a big surprise in the second week of the Giro!" commented Sport Director Enrico Poitschke.
Huzarski himself had this to say after the race: "To be honest, I had a bit of respect for the last climb. I was among the first 30 riders going into it, and then I fought my way up one rider at a time. Then I gave it all I had during the last 800 meters. I never expected to get such a result here. It's simply unbelievable!"
Initially, a five-man breakaway group around Matthias Brändle set the agenda for the 186-km course from Civitavecchia to Assisi. However, the group was caught with just six kilometers to go. "We rode on two tracks today. We wanted to support Bartosz in the final part of the race, but we also wanted to be part of a group in the event that it would come through. That tactic worked out perfectly," Poitschke explained.
stage 10, 15 May: Civitavecchia - Assisi, 186 km
stage 11, 16 May: Assisi - Montecatini Terme, 255 km
stage 12, 17 May: Seravezza - Sestri Levante, 155 km
stage 13, 18 May: Savona - Cervere, 121 km
stage 14, 19 May: Cherasco - Cervinia, 206 km
stage 15, 20 May: Busto Arsizio - Lecco/Piani dei Resinelli, 169 km
stage 16, 22 May: Limone sul Garda - Falzes/Pfalzen, 173 km
stage 17, 23 May: Falzes/Pfalzen - Cortina d’Ampezzo, 186 km
stage 18, 24 May: San Vito di Cadore - Vedelago, 149 km
stage 19, 25 May: Treviso - Alpe di Pampeago/Val di Fiemme, 198 km
stage 20, 26 May: Caldes/Val di Sole - Passo dello Stelvio, 219 km
stage 21, 27 May: ITT Milano - Milano, 30.1 km
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