TEAM COFIDIS: GIRO - STAGE 11 SIMONE CONSONNI, 3RD IN THE BUNCH SPRINT! pubblicato il 18/05/2022
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Wednesday 18th may 2022

GIRO - STAGE 11
SIMONE CONSONNI, 3RD IN THE BUNCH SPRINT!

The Italian sprinter, who had already scored 3 top 10 finishes in this Giro, had an outstanding sprint today. In the streets of Reggio Emilia, he took 3rd place, just a handful of centimetres behind the winner, Alberto Dainese. Well protected by all his teammates, Guillaume Martin, keeps the 6th place in the general classification.

 

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Anyone who likes to get on a bike and ride knows that every pedal stroke and every distance is not a trivial matter. This is particularly true in the middle of a major Tour, and even more so when you have to cover 203 km. This 11th stage between Santarcangelo di Romagna and Reggio Emilia was indeed the second longest of this Giro.

First podium for Simone Consonni

Of course, there were no major difficulties to face and the outcome was already known: a massive sprint. But as always, vigilance and concentration are required. The Cofidis team was busy supporting Guillaume Martin at the front of the peloton throughout the day. Then, the sprinters of the team took over. After 3 Top 10 finishes at the beginning of the Giro, Simone Consonni, well placed among the sprinters, took 3rd place. This is his best result in this Giro 2022.

Tomorrow, the road will rise 

After this long day, the race is back on to steeper stages and more climbs to cover. Until the next rest day, next Monday, 12 climbs are scheduled. It starts tomorrow, between Parma and Genoa, on the longest stage of this Giro 2022. With 204 km to go there will be a long climb to the Passo del Bocco before a new climb to Monte Becco. This could be a suitable terrain for a long-distance breakaway, with some surprises in store.

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THEY SAID

Simone Consonni
 

Simone Consonni, 3rd : « It was not an easy day because the wind was strong and we were all afraid of having to deal with the risks of riding in the gutter. We tried to put Guillaume in a good position to avoid it. I was in a good position in the last kilometer and I tried to make a good sprint. I was feeling good and well placed, but it was not enough to win. I am still very happy with this third place which shows that I am in good shape. We have to stay focused and try to fight for victory tomorrow. That remains the major objective for the team and for me. » 

Guillaume Martin
 

Guillaume Martin : « Today, we envisioned a tricky day and approached it seriously. There was a lot of wind, a fairly calm route, and we couldn't take this stage lightly, even if it was flat. We stayed together all day at the front and were very vigilant. I would like to thank my teammates who made a lot of effort to avoid the traps and allow me to have a relatively calm day. Simone's 3rd place is a reward for the team's efforts. It's a great day together!

Tomorrow, there should be no change. It's a perfect stage for a breakaway and we'll also have cards to play.»

Roberto
 

Roberto Damiani, Sport Director : « It was the goal of the day to protect Guillaume in a flat but very dangerous stage with the wind and the risk of crashes. The team worked really well around Guillaume and Simone for the final sprint. It is important to value this good work. As for Simone, he took an excellent 3rd place. He shows his good shape and his progression on this Giro. It's a great day and it's a great confidence booster for the days to come.»

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