“The rest day went marvellous for me and I had really good legs in the morning. I’m a bit furious since I lacked a bit of aggresion to jump after Lastras did a perfect leadout for me.” It was a bitter taste for Fran Ventoso at Teramo’s finish, the ending point of the 2011 Giro’s tenth stage that resumed competition after the first rest day.
The Movistar Team sprinter went short for his second victory in this year’s Corsa Rosa, after a difficult finale where the exceptional work from the telephone squad was about to take fruits: “The team was again incredible today,” appointed Ventoso. “Konovalovas, Pasamontes, Lastras… all took me well protected into the group but, with 800 meters to go, I went a bit out of position and Pablo did a spectacular work for me. He took me into the front and left me there at the 300m banner. The only thing is that a lacked a bit of aggresion to jump, I wasn’t seeing the correct point, they overtook me, gained two bikes on myself and it was already imposible to surmount it, even though I had the legs. I’m still happy because I’m still there, but for a sprinter second is the first into the losers.”
The Spanish rider does not surrender and will keep playing for his chances in what’s remaining in this Giro, after yesterday’s rest day helped him to gain some strength after a great effort up the Etna: “I really like tomorrow’s stage, but it will be difficult to come into a sprint. It’s just Thursday and few stages after that. It will be difficult after that and until we reach Milano, but we’ll keep trying. The rest day went marvellous for me. I did not do anything, even a bit of work on the trainer was ruled out; just lying down and eating well. It’s the first time I do this way, because I always went out rolling a bit in other years, but i changed my habit this time and it was magnificent.” The polemics around claims from several riders accusing Cavendish and others riders from holding up onto cars in the climb to the Etna marked the day’s outcome: “There’s not much to say about the Cavendish affair. We all saw what happened. I think it’s not fair and that the rules are there to be respected.”