Bitter end to Antón’s quest
25 April 2014

Giro del Trentino (final stage)

Basque unable to find his best pace in Bondone, out of final GC top ten in Trentino after two decent mountain performances. Malori's 2nd break, Dowsett's attempt mark Blues' offensive manners

It was a terrible day for Igor Antón’s aspirations in the 2014 Giro del Trentino showdown, a hard mountain stage of 175km starting at Val Daone and finishing atop the Monte Bondone (HC), with no time for relax through the Passo Campo Magno (Cat-1) and the Roncador (Cat-2) right from the beginning.

The Movistar Team rider got dropped from the favourites’ group halfway through the decisive climb, with more than ten riders still keeping the pace, limiting losses in a brave effort that didn’t pay off, reaching the summit more than three minutes after day’s winner Mikel Landa (AST). Cadel Evans (BMC) resisted to the attacks by their main rivals and claimed overall honours in front of Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM) and Przemyslaw Niemiec (LAM).

The Italian event, which the Movistar Team completed for their first time with the Blue jersey, left a sourand-sweet taste to them after commiment -taken to 11th overall- shown by Antón, ninth and fifth in the other summit finishes of San Giacomo and Roncone, and the fighting spirit by Alex Dowsett, who jumped away in the beginning but got dropped as the pace picked up in the first climb, and Adriano Malori, into the longest-standing move for the second time in a row.