Sometimes, when nothing happens, it’s a good thing. On today’s 210 k stage of Tirreno-Adriatico from Cascina to Arezzo everything went smooth with the team effort going into protecting Alberto Contador before Saturday’s tough stage.
– Daniele Bennati tried to go for the stage win on the finishing hill, but if you’ve been focused on protecting your captain the entire stage, you don’t have the same power as when you’ve been saving energy for the finish. But Daniele was strong and, most importantly, he showed that he his ready for Milano – San Remo, says Sport Director Philippe Mauduit after the stage.
Alberto will go for the win
Saturday’s long 244 k stage to Selva Rotonda will bring out the contenders for the GC. If the team captains have ambitions to finish Tirreno-Adriatico with a top result, this is one of the stages, where the strongest really can create some gaps. Philippe Mauduit does not hide the fact that the team is expecting to see Alberto among the serious contenders for the stage win.
– He is good. He is looking really sharp and focused. So it’s pretty simple – tomorrow we will go for the stage win. We have a very strong team with riders like Roche and Kreuziger ready to put the peloton under severe pressure, and then Alberto has to finish it on the final part of the climb.