Race report

Gianmarco Garofoli on the attack in Giro del Belvedere

Giro del Belvedere

After yesterday’s racing at Trofeo Piva, Development Team DSM were back in action today at Giro del Belvedere. Taking place on two local circuits the opening half of the day was on flatter, albeit still rolling, terrain, whereas the second half of the day saw the bunch take on a more challenging hilly circuit.

Attacks flew from the flag drop with the team very active in trying to make the move. Eventually after a stinging attack, Gianmarco Garofoli was able to get clear alongside one other rider. The duo managed to build up a gap of almost two minutes but the peloton didn’t allow their gap to grow out any further. As the kilometres ticked by their advantage thinned and heading into the final 40 kilometres the race was back together. The race then split on the challenging final circuit but unfortunately the team didn’t have the legs to compete for a top result on the day.

“After the bad day I had yesterday, I had a great desire to do my best today,” explained Garofoli. “I know that I still cannot win yet as my condition does not allow me to and today I always raced on the attack trying to make a lot of effort in anticipation of the next races. Behind, the team was good in protecting me when I was in the breakaway. I think the best is yet to come and that in a little while we can fight for the victory. It was nice to be on the podium too as most competitive rider today.”

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts added: “I think Gianmarco did a good ride for us today. He was in the breakaway for a long time and also won the prize as the most competitive rider of the day which was good. Once Gianmarco was caught, we then wanted to ride the at the front on the last two laps that had the bigger climb with Leon and Hannes but the guys just didn’t have the legs today to compete for a top result. Unfortunately, Oscar also crashed on the last descent but managed to get back on the bike okay and finish the race. Overall, we just missed the power to be really there at the front of the race. It was a good ride from Gianmarco though. Yesterday he was disappointed with himself and had hoped to be at a higher level so today his task was to make it into the break for us and that’s exactly what he did. I’m also happy to see how the guys are working together and the processes are going well, so I just hope that we can then continue to make the steps with the processes and turn that into results in future races.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 AYUSO Juan Team Colpack Ballan 3:56:18 30
2 POTOČKI Viktor Ljubljana Gusto Santic 0:14 25
3 BALMER Alexandre Equipe continentale Groupama-FDJ ,, 20