Luca Pacioni and Arturo Grávalos, two flashes in a nervous and difficult stage
I Settimana Ciclistica Italiana – Sulle strade della Sardegna
Stage 3: Oristano – Cagliari (180,9 km)
These roads that go up and down chasing each other in the middle of nowhere in the Sardinian hinterland. This wind that blows, that sometimes pushes you and sometimes brakes you, that annoys. This is Sardinia, this is the Italian Cycling Week, which staged its third stage: it was supposed to be a sprint and it was, but first the kilometres were many and tiring with two KOM to overcome and bring home.
But before the sprint it is necessary to tell the escape that has seen our Arturo Grávalos as protagonist: he started with four companions for an action that has exceeded 4 ‘of advantage and was exhausted after 108 km of racing. And then, the sprint with the team that has worked to help Luca Pacioni: and the sprinter of EOLO-KOMETA has placed himself at the sixth place, in a sprint that has seen the encore of Ackermann able to regulate Milan and Barbier.
“I’m happy – Pacioni said – because I arrived very well at the sprint and in the last meters I was able to recover many positions. It was not easy, because to keep the wheel of the strongest I practically had to make three or four other sprints on a Really, it was a very nervous sprint”.
Tomorrow, the stage that could change the final classification: start and arrival in Cagliari, 168 km to cover with three GPM and a lot, a lot of climb.