Albanese and his courage. Fortunato great among the greats
Giro d’Italia 2021
Etapa 20: Verbania – Alpe Motta (164 km)
The day began with a surprise. A new bicycle that Aurum designed for Lorenzo Fortunato and for his feat on the Zoncolan. A sky blue frame, the colors of the Italian flag, but above all the writing “Monte Zoncolan”. A bike that Lorenzo received directly from the hands of Ivan Basso and Fran Contador, at the foot of the EOLO-KOMETA bus, before the start of the stage.
The day continued with the umpteenth proof of strength of the team in this Giro d’Italia: the breakaway of the day with our Vincenzo Albanese splendid and generous protagonist, up to the top of San Bernardino, to crown a wonderful Giro for him.
The day, then, ended in the most beautiful way. Because Lorenzo Fortunato has gone up strong, very strong: while Damiano Caruso flew in his triumphal ride and Bernal won the Giro, Fortu has always been with the best. And at the end he arrived at the ninth place, at 2′ 07” from Caruso: great together with the greatest. With the general classification, that at the eve of the final time trial in Milan, sees him at the fourteenth place. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
But our bravo goes to all the guys of EOLO-KOMETA, who have completed the great effort of the Giro and look forward to the catwalk of Milan. And bravo also to Belletti, who if it hadn’t been for those falls in the first stages would still be here.
Today, as said, the time trial of Milan: 30 km all flat, starting from Senago.
Lorenzo Fortunato: “I’m very happy for today. Yesterday I struggled too much, but today I found the terrain I prefer because I’m really good on these climbs. I’m happy, happy because I wanted to be in the top 10 and happy because this Giro has been fantastic for me. This morning they gave me this beautiful bike with the writing “Zoncolan” and when I was struggling on the last climb, I read that writing and I was charged. How nice”.
[📷 Maurizio Borserini]