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GIRO Stg 7: New Hero Cunego

Is there any competition that “new boy” Damiano Cunego of Saeco doesn’t lead in this Giro d’Italia? Well no is the answer. Today he took over the overall, the Azzurri prize, combative and the stage win as well.

On a sunny day the young up and coming Saeco rider, Damiano Cunego took hold of the race and gave it a good shake. He got away in a small group and then showed them how to win the stage, tacking a mountain prize and the whooping them in the sprint. Second in was the young Aussie, Bradley McGee of Fdj.com. Further down the road Pellizotti, Figueras, Garzelli and the ex-overall leader Saeco boss, Simoni.

Luca Mazzanti (Panaria) was in the pink on the road with an early break with five others for 165 kilometers, until 13 kilometers to go when it was all back together. The “Legalize my Cannondale” team (Saeco) took over and gave Cunego the best possible lead out for the win.


Rider Comments Compiled by Michele Tomasi
Damiano Cunego (Saeco): “I must say thanks again to a wonderful team, and especially to Gilberto who helped me. And I wanna repeat again that he is our leader, and in the last week he will show the best performance. I’m sure of it!”.

Gilberto Simoni (Saeco): “He surprises me even more, but the important thing is that he’s a Saeco member. That’s important. Anyway I must be really careful about others riders, who showed very good condition today”.

Giuliano Figueras (Panaria): “Maybe I spent too many energies by attacking so many times, but this stage was in Campania, and so I wanted to honour it. Sella did a big job today, but as I said before, maybe I mistook. Today I noticed that the Saeco riders were strong but….not so strong. Of course I don’t mean that they were slow, but…I noticed a little difference from the other days. Perhaps they spent a lot of energy in the last days as they have always been ahead. That’s my opinion”.

Stage 7 Results:

1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco 5.26.25 (39.336 km/h)
2 Bradley McGee (Aus) FDJeux.com
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi
4 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres
5 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie 0.03
6 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco
7 Serguei Gontchar (Ukr) De Nardi
8 Andrea Noe’ (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi
9 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lampre
10 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

Overall After Stage 7:

1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco 33.01.48
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco 0.10
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi 0.28
4 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 0.31
5 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres 0.52
6 Serguei Gontchar (Ukr) De Nardi 1.08
7 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 1.10
8 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie 1.15
9 Andrea Noe’ (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi 1.17
10 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco 1.29

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