Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Giro di Sardegnam - Olbia to Bornorva, 144.2km/90mi
It was a day for the Italians in the opening stage of the Giro di Sardegna with Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre) taking the victory, followed by fellow countrymen Oscar Gatto and Giovanni Visconti of ISD taking 2nd and 3rd. Gavazzi took the first leader’s jersey as well. Team RadioShack’s Chris Horner put in a late attack but was caught with the finish line just ahead.
Horner explained with, “I went with 1.2km to go. The race profile showed a solid uphill finish but it wasn’t correct and I was caught with 400m to go. Tomorrow is an uphill finish so I’ll look to that.”
“We had five guys in the first group of 45 riders or so,” commented team Director Alain Gallopin. “ Horner attacked near the 1km mark but he got caught near the end. Dima worked hard all day and was only dropped on the last climb. Markel worked well too and came in with the grupetto. Tomorrow the finish is on top, a category one climb.”