The fourth stop of the indoor Virtual Giro, promoted by the organization of the Giro d’Italia, with the collaboration of Garmin, during these days of confinement and for charity purposes gave an atypical debut to the Kometa-Xstra Cycling Team project on the Corsa Rosa.
A debut that is still impossible for reasons of regulation and category in real cycling, but feasible in the new narratives and varied formats that have emerged with the postponement or suspension of competitions due to the expansion of the coronavirus.
The continental formation of the Alberto Contador Foundation was represented this Wednesday in the race, 25.9 km between Villa Rondena and Madonna di Campiglio, by its rider Alessandro Fancellu.
The young Lombard, who recently turned 20, changed his race to wear the “azzurra” of the national team and team up with a De Ronde winner like Alberto Bettiol.
Fancellu ended up very satisfied with his experience, although he also stressed the importance of his demands: “It was very hard, but it wasn’t easy either. It has been as hard as a time trial. An hour of intense effort. And a full hour is always difficult”.
The work of Fancellu and Bettiol allowed the Italian team to keep the third place in the provisional classification with the sum of their times. In the stage, the success was for Bahrain-Merida: their Briton Fred Wright got the best time (56:56) and their Spaniard Rafa Valls scored the third.
“I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to live this experience, because wearing the Italian jersey is always a source of pride”, concluded the third classified in the last edition of the Tour of Antalya.
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