Heavy rain today in Antalya. In a sprint with extreme conditions, the young Italian sprinter conquers the second stage of the Tour of Antalya finalizing the great work done by the whole team that worked before to close on the breakaway and then to reduce the group to 50 riders to avoid a massive sprint.
Giovanni Lonardi reach the first seasonal victory of the Bardiani CSF Faizanè team. A success desired and sought by the whole team that worked and believed in the skills of the young Italian sprinter who repaid the efforts of his teammates by finalizing the work in the best way. For him, the first seasonal success, the third of his young career.
TEAM WORK, WIN WORK.
Giovanni Lonardi is in fact at the beginning of his second year among the professionals, where he is already demonstrate excellent sprinter skills, capable of keeping the rhythm of the best even in mixed stages. Strengthened by these characteristics, the team worked, together with other teams, at the head of the group first to close on the day’s fugitives, resumed on the Yesilkoy GPM, which subsequently to thin out the group. The rain and a stage with some roughness thus reduced the group of the best to about fifty units with the sprinter adjusted by the sprinter in cyclamen jersey. Thanks to today’s victory Giovanni Lonardi is also the new leader of the general classification.
Giovanni Lonardi’s words:
“Today we wanted to reduce the group before the sprint to have a sprint with less rider than the first stage and we did it, my teammates worked very well bringing me to the best on the finish line, I really have to thank them it was an excellent team work. I’ve been looking for a lot of victory in these first weeks of the season now that it has arrived, I’m really happy for myself and for the whole team. Here the quality has grown compared to last year and only with great teamwork could we win. Tomorrow we will come uphill and I will help my teammates, then on Sunday in the last stage we will see, we could also try again in the sprint. “
THE TEAM RESULTS.
With the Tour of Antalya will end the first month of races of the team. In just one month of activity in 3 continents, with races in Colombia, Argetina, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Malesia the team reached 1 victory (with Lonardi), 3 podiums, with Pelucchi in Tour of Langkawi and Benfatto in Vuelta a San Juan and 12 top10 results.
CLASSIFICATION OF STAGE:
1 LONARDI Giovanni Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
2 VERMEERSCH Gianni Alpecin-Fenix
3 VAN ROOY Kenneth – Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
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