CARRERA AND KATUSHA KINGS OF CORTINA
Yesterday Joaquim Rodriguez won his second stage at Giro d'Italia 2012 thanks to an incredible sprint at the end of the stage in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The 17th stage, from Falzes to Cortina d'Ampezzo, confirms his current chart position and the pink jersey on his shoulders. 'Purito' consolidated his leadership defeating in the six-man sprint all the rivals for general classification after the really first hard stage that has gone through Valparola, Duran, Staulanza and Giau. The crucial moment was at Staulanza mountain pass: Liquigas-Cannondale kept a hard pace, and many riders went in trouble like Paolo Tiralongo and Roman Kreuziger, fourth and fifth in general classification before this stage. A huge selection was made. In the end, only 6 riders were able to stay ahead: Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda), Rigoberto Uran (Sky), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago) and Rodriguez himself. In the final downhill to Cortina d'Ampezzo nobody could make the difference and in the six-man sprint, the rush of 'Purito' had no rivals, followed by Hesjedal, and Basso. Daniel Moreno reached the finishing line with a 1'22'' gap and he's now 13th in general classification. "Today for me was a very special day - said the pink jersey - one year ago died Xavi Tondo, a great friend of mine since I was a child. So, today’s victory is obviously dedicated to him. It was a very hard stage: Liquigas-Cannondale made a strong selection and if they're going to keep this pace on Friday and Saturday too, it won't be easy to stay ahead. I think that now Hesjedal is the great favourite just because today he was able not to lose any seconds, so if I want to have any chance to win I have to increase the gap with him before the Milan time trial stage". Joaquim Rodriguez and the Katusha Team are wearing the CARRERA RADIUS WHITE RED, a revolutionary helmet developed using the innovative “ATF” (Aluminium tech frame)system, offering the best aerodynamic penetration (CX), which is synonymous of optimized internal ventilation and less frontal air resistence.
Last edit: 25 May 2012