Italian TT Championship
Movistar Team specialist conquers second his Italian time trial title with a powerful display in Taiò, beating Cataldo (SKY) by more than a minute; takes Blues’ 2014 season tally up to 22
After many months preparing himself for the goal, Adriano Malori proved again his excellent quality as a time triallist with a sensational victory in the Italian ITT championship, held on Sunday over 40km of demanding roads -several slopes included in the first half of the route- from Malè, where Giovanni Visconti got a fine 4th place at Saturday’s road race, to Taiò.
All doubts for the Parma-based Movistar Team rider were solver into the first intermediate check, where Malori beat nearest rival Dario Cataldo by 1’04”, a gap he managed perfectly in the second half -1’10” with the Team Sky rider, almost 3′ to Alan Marangoni (CAN)- to secure his second maglia tricolore as pro -after the one he got in 2011-, the first for a rider from the telephone squad while making part of it and Adriano’s 13th success since he took the leap towards pro racing.
REACTION | Adriano Malori: “I’m really happy that I won – it was one of my main goals of the season. The route wasn’t one that really suited me, but I think I made a nice effort. I told my sports director, José Luis Laguía, after the end of the race: ‘Do you see now you didn’t waste your time by coming here from Spain?’ Luckily, we didn’t have the bad weather that was forecast and everything went like we expected. I didn’t go full-gas over the first half of the race, because since this year, I was convinced to used the power meter on time trials, and I’m getting to manage my energy and wattage over the course.
“I’m really happy, willing to take some rest after a demanding first half of the season. I’ll spend a week on holiday and I’lll try to enjoy and come back for more. I must thank many people who helped me on the way up to this; the Movistar Team, who is making me grow up as a rider as I had to do; those who always believed in me, and most especially, my girlfriend Elisa and Mirko Rossato, for the long raining sessions they guided me in to get ready for this championship.”