CARRERA AND JOAQUIM RODRIGUEZ BACK IN PINK
The Spanish rider got back the pink jersey after a perfect 15th stage of Giro d’Italia from Busto Arsizio to Pian dei Resinelli (172 km) The stage was characterized by a bad cold weather and a lot of climbs of 1st and 2nd categories. From the beginning Matteo Rabottini of Vini Farnese got an advantage of 10 minutes, while a small group with Damiano Cunego collected around 5 minutes ahead of the peloton with Joaquim Rodriguez, Daniel Moreno and a lot of other top riders. At 5 kilometers to the finish line Losada attacked for himself, trying to catch Rabottini and win the stage, while in the main group Rodriguez was able to make a strong and successful attack. With 1 km to go Rodriguez passed Losada, who provided him all the help he could, and caught Rabottini. Katusha’s rider finished second just after Rabottini, getting back the pink jersey from Hesjedal. Alberto Losada completed the podium. - Yesterday I suffered a lot but today I was able to take the pink jersey again. I was afraid of bad weather but in the final part of the stage my sensations were good so when Scarponi attacked, I was able to catch and pass him and the other top riders. It’s clear that the pink jersey is a big responsibility, but in the last week we will find mountains that suit me better then these. - said Joaquim RODRIGUEZ. - Today it was a very hard stage, but I felt good and tried to do a good race. When I saw Cunego attacking, I followed him because he was very dangerous in general classification. I gave my all to help Rodriguez. I think we can be happy for the race – the pink jersey is in the team again! – said Alberto LOSADA. “Purito” is now the overall leader with 30 seconds ahead of Ryder Hesjedal and 1 minute and 22 seconds ahead of Ivan Basso. Joaquim Rodriguez and the Katusha Team are wearing the CARRERA RADIUS WHITE RED, a revolutionary helmat 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