Gazprom-RusVelo at the Giro-2016: a successful start
On May 6th, Dutch city of Apeldoorn hosted the start of Giro d’Italia 2016. After 3 difficult and challenging stages that were held in Netherlands the team moved to Italy where the remaining 18 races will be held. First day of rest was spent in flying to the South of Italy and preparations to stage 4, that starts tomorrow on May 10 from Catanzaro.
Gazprom-RusVelo team were able to make it through the first stage of their debut Grand Tour without losing any members or any time for their leader Sergey Firsanov. “We understand how important it is for us to safely get through the first days in the Netherlands,” says General Manager Renat Khamidulin. “It is a completely new experience for all of our riders. We had to get into the swing of things and to find our own place in the peloton. In the third stage, the team were able to demonstrate how well they could work for the benefit of both our sprinter Ivan Savitsky — who successfully competed in the sprint, and I’m sure he will make more progress during the race — and Sergey Firsanov. In that difficult and emotionally draining race, Sergey finished in the leading group and now has all chances to fight on for the GC. In Italy, the race will start anew, and it will be a completely different race, for our team as well. We will do our to be more visible and active.”
“After three very challenging stages, we are going back to Italy greatly trusting our team,” confirms Sports Director Sergey Ivanov. “Our riders demonstrated that they can compete and stay in a group next to great champions with confidence and understanding that they are able to meet competition in all stages of the race. We highly appreciate the way Alexander Serov and Sergey Firsanov performed separately, while the team under the leadership of Alexander Kolobnev did a great job taking Ivan Savitsky to the finish. Now, our task is to stretch the rider’s lead in every legand defend Firsanov’s positions up to Roccaraso and Savitsky in the finishing sprints.”