Bardiani-CSF celebrates today its first win of 2017 season. Enrico Barbin has won sixth stage of Tour de Langkawi, 176 km from Senewang to Muar, taking also his first as professional rider.
The winning action came in the last kilometer of the race when the bunch was preparing for the sprint. With perfect timing, Barbin exploited waiting moment before massive sprint, thanks also the support of teammates Paolo Simion and Marco Maronese, Barbin attacked with a powerful finisseur action, leaving no room for any come back. Giacoppo (UHC) and Pozzato (Wilier-Selle Italia) placed second and third, while Maronese and Simion completed the great day of #GreenTeam placing 5th and 8th.
“This win is a huge satisfaction for me, not just because is the first in career but also for the way I achieved it” said Barbin. “We did a great job as team. We knew the finale was tricky and bunch sprint wasn’t really sure. Simion led me and Morenese in the best way. When the peloton caught last attackers, I decided to move pushing at my maximum. From the radio Zanatta explained the route, I knew what I had to do to win but I was not sure if someone already passed the line. It was a thrilling finale, I did not want to make a gaffe…”.
“Last year, when I renewed the contract, I knew 2017 was a decisive season for my career. I’m not really young for cycling and the moment to understand what I can do in this world. Now I feel this win like a relief, but I really hope could be a new starting point”
With the time bonus earned stage winner, Barbin passed from 14th position to 11th in general classification at 59” from leader Gibbons (Dimension Data).
Coming from Osio Sopra, Barbin will celebrate his 27th birthday in few day on March 4th. Professional since 2013, first year of Bardiani-CSF team, he always played supporting role for the leading riders of the #GreenTeam. Few results stand out in his palmares – 4th place at 2013 Roma Maxima, 7th in 2015 final classification of Tour of Turkey and 7th in 2015 and 2016 Memorial Pantani. In Under 23 category he took 10 wins among wich GP Liberazione, Piccola Sanremo and one stage Giro d’Italia baby.