Tour de Pologne (st. 1)
Capecchi -4th after strong attack into Madonna di Campiglio climb- and Moreno make elite group in first of two Italian mountain stages in the Tour de Pologne
The 2013 Tour de Pologne holds good expectations for the Movistar Team, as the Blues performed well in the opening 184km through the Italian Trentino region, with three rated climbs -including the demanding, 12k final ascent- on the way from Rovereto to Madonna di Campiglio. The telephone squad brought four of their riders -Visconti, Capecchi, Moreno and Madrazo- at the front group before the final climb, with several squads fighting to take the lead and reach the day’s break. The initial moves from Howes (GRS), Valls (VCD) and Weening (OGE) were responded by Javi Moreno, who tried his way across with 7k remaining, and later by Eros Capecchi, who proved to be in great fitness.
The Italian split the favourites’ group with his final move -with only fifteen riders surviving- and took some meters, eventually neutralized just before the final kilometer. The short field was outsprinted by Diego Ulissi (LAM), with Capecchi in 4th and Moreno in 12th on the same time of the winner, perfectly placed in the overall before the arguably hardest stage of the race on Sunday, the final ride through the Dolomites with the Cat-1 climbs of Pampeago, Costalunga and the famous Passo Pordoi into the 207km starting at Marilleva.