Fabio Duarte shows swing in ITT
Team Colombia’s Fabio Duarte is back to his best in the final week of the 96th Giro d’Italia, and does not stop showing it stage after stage. In a severe test like stage 18th uphill time trial from Mori to Polsa, the 26-year-old rider from Bogotà took a very strong 13th place, 1.59 behind an unbeatable Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), who looks poised to win his first Giro d’Italia. Nibali overcame Spaniard Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) on the day, while Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) rounded out the podium.
Looking extremely motivated since the early morning, Duarte provided a very consistent performance on the 20,6 km route the Escarabajos had the chance to recce during their Winter concentration in Trentino, clocking a strong 46.28 time. Meanwhile, Darwin Atapuma finished his effort in 48.53, holding on his 20th position in the GC.
Another show as main character for Fabio Duarte, whose quest for a stage win will continue in the Corsa Rosa’s final weekend: “I have had better feelings every day over the last few days, so I wanted to test myself again on the ramps of this time trial that we knew since January. I can’t complain with my performance, honestly Nibali is showing to be by far the strongest rider at the Giro, but this shows I reached the decisive days on the race in my best condition. We still got three chances for the stage win, and seizing it is all I have in mind.”
The bad weather is risking to affect significantly the programme of the final mountain challenges of the Giro, but regardless of how the route could change, Claudio Corti is looking forward to see his riders hit the front: “The Colombians have been main actors of this race so far, and I totally expect this to keep happening until Brescia. Our riders have been enjoying this huge experience, but they don’t want to go home without a stage win. So, as far as we will find mountains on our way, we will keep on trying.”