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Manuele Boaro 8th on the long Giro time trial

Today’s 54.8 kilometer long individual time trial started out in Gabecci Mare and finished in Saltara was in many ways a demanding and varied stretch with several climbs, many small roads with technically difficult curves and if you haven’t saved a little gas in the tank for the uphill finish, you’d stand to lose crucial time in the GC.

Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins was the absolute biggest favourite to win the stage and he seemed top motivated as he after only 12 minutes on the course passed the rider who’d started one minute ahead of him, Danilo di Luca (Vini Fantini). But it was a misleading event as the British Sir was only seventh fastest passing the first intermediate time check. He did a better second half of the course but it was not enough to win.

However, Alex Dowsett (Movistar) did a great time trial and took the stage win. Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Manuele Boaro made a determined performance and for a long time, he was fourth best. He finished 8th.

Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Dan Frost was happy about this riders’ performance today:

”I think that both Manuele and Rafal lived up to my expectations on this extremely demanding challenge. Both our guys had the right focus and were able to make the gas last all the way up the uphill finish. Manuele shows his big potential against world class TT riders and Rafa does one of his best time trials and gains to spots in the GC and is now overall 17th. On the other hand, he lost the youth classification jersey but the rest of the race suits him well with numerous climbs and the final TT is uphill, so I’m absolutely happy about the outcome today,” the Danish DS concluded.

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