Giro d’Italia-2016: Gazprom-RusVelo – a wildcard that was worth it

Giro dÕItalia 2016 - 99a Edizione - 14a tappa Alpago - Corvara 210 km - 21/05/2016 - Veduta - Passo Pordoi - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

For the first time Gazprom-RusVelo took part in Giro d’Italia and it was a great success to The team! The Giro that ended on Sunday, May 29th in Turin lasted for 3463 km. it was extremely challenging as well as full of excitement and great emotions.

Fantastic victory of Alexandr Foliforov in the time trial 15 stage made up for the honor of being invited to this amazing race.

“For us Giro d’Italia undoubtedly was a success. We reached top ten in several stages and pushed it hard to stay competitive through the whole race – Alexander Foliforov shares his emotions. – It really was a lifetime experience and i will never forget the day when I brought this victory to my team in the individual time trial. It was a fantastic Giro for me, it changed my self perception – now I know I can do better. I am looking forward for the next races”.

“Undoubtedly it was a very important experience –  Sergey Firsanov says. – It was always my dream. And  when I got the opportunity, I felt great. I tried to be at my best shape, but still suffered some difficulties during the race. However I managed to overcome the crisis, and I can say that three weeks of very tough race, both physically and mentally was a real challenge. I managed to get through – and I am proud of the guys who did the same trough all those stages”.

Not only the climbers attracted attention to the team. Gazprom-RusVelo sprinter Ivan Savitsky also made a bang.  Young but very talented rider struggled in the sprints with the top names in the world of cycling, nevertheless he  finished twice in top ten.

Giro d'Italia 2016 - 99a Edizione - 16a tappa Bressanone - Andalo 132 km - 23/05/2016 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) - foto Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2016

“Certainly it was a competition of a completely different level, with the best sprinters in the world. It was the first Grand Tour in my career and I know now what it means –  to face a three-week race:  how the body acts from week to week, the importance of the recovery phase, rest and nutrition. All this was very important and essential. I wish I could have performed better, but overall I can be satisfied. It is an unforgettable experience”.

“Many people ask me if we are happy with our first Tour of Italy. And the answer is yes, we are very pleased – said the general manager of Gazprom-RusVelo, Renat Khamidulin. – We have reached a new level, a new stage in our development. And this is the most important aspect. We were able to demonstrate that we are strong to compete in the sprints, in the mountains and in all conditions with a high result. Now the Giro is over, but our work continues. We  set up new goals, with a full calendar of events on the horizon”.