5th stage, Favilli 2nd and Viganò king of the climbers
Japanese sorrows for Elia Favilli, who was close to his first victory as pro. In the 5th stage of Tour of Japan (Izu, 146,4 km), the Tuscan cyclist from Team Lampre-Merida was 2nd, behind the Australian Earle.
He was preceded at the end of a long sprint of a group of 18 riders, at the end of a quite selective stage. Impressive performance by the team directed by Bruno Vicino: blue-fuchsia-green riders helped Vigano’ to obtain the 3rd place in the Kom sprint, so that he could conquer the best climber classification (photo); then it was Favilli’s turn to receive the support by his team mates in view of the topic moment of the stage.
“This time I almost could obtain my first victory, what a pity! – Favilli explained – I was feeling good and the team made a perfect work for me. I knew Earle could be dangerous, so I tried to anticipate him, but he could recover and overtake me. I really would have liked to dedicate a success to our Japanese sponsors, I did my best but I missed the chance”.
1- Earle 4h29’38”
2- Favilli s.t.
3- De Negri s.t.
1- Baliani 13h05’13”
2- Arredondo 1’11”
3- Monier 1’36”
11- Favilli 6’36”