Race report

Gianmarco Garofoli secures great 2nd place on GC in Italy for Development Team DSM

Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta - Mont Blanc

The final day of racing at the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta – Mont Blanc saw the peloton head for the climbs once again, with another incredibly challenging 150 kilometre long stage, finishing atop the climb to Cogne (Valnontey).

As in the previous two stages, it was a fierce start to the day with multiple attacks at the start of the day before eventually the elastic snapped and a large breakaway group of 20 riders escaped. With all Development Team DSM riders in the peloton, attention switched to staying safe and conserving as much energy as possible before the climbs in the finale.

The group ahead worked well together and continued to increase their advantage over the ever diminishing yellow jersey peloton as the afternoon progressed. With their gap standing at over five minutes heading towards the last climb, it was clear the breakaway would take the win. Back in the peloton, the team rode well to support stage two winner Gianmarco Garofoli as well as they could, with Garofoli trying to attack and get clear of the yellow jersey on the final climb, but it was to no avail. Finishing alongside the yellow jersey, Garofoli secured a brilliant second place on GC alongside the best young rider’s jersey for the team after three hard days of racing.

“Today was a really hard day because of the fatigue from yesterday and the day before,” explained Garofoli at the finish. “I think everyone was struggling with that. Before the start we wanted to attack and try and take the yellow jersey. We planned to attack with Henri and then I could follow, but unfortunately he had to go out of the race. The guys then looked after me well but FDJ rode really well to keep control in the bunch, so in the GC nothing changed but it was also really hard. I tried to attack on the second-last steep climb a lot, but the yellow jersey closed me down really well. It was impossible to make a difference but I did my best. I’m really happy with second place on GC and to take the win yesterday for the team. I’m looking forward to my next races now.”

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts added: “It’s been a really tough three days of racing here in Italy, with some hard stages in the mountains. Today we wanted to try and get Henri up the road so we could then attack, but he was sore from his crash yesterday and had to stop the race. In the bunch, Oscar and Pepijn did a really good job to protect Gianmarco for as long as they could. It was a really professional effort from them and something very impressive for three guys who are in their first year at this level. In the end Gianmarco finished with the yellow jersey group and takes second on GC for us. Overall, I can say that we did a really nice performance here in Aosta as a team, taking a stage win and finishing second on GC.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 STEINHAUSER Georg Tirol KTM Cycling Team 4:30:51 5
2 HELLEMOSE Asbjørn Velo Club Mendrisio 3:41 1
3 DE CASSAN Davide Cycling Team Friuli ASD 3:44 -