Nizzolo takes 2nd place in the 2nd stage of the Giro d’Italia
Qhubeka team ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) Sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo stormed to an impressive second place in the second stage (179 km) of the Giro d’Italia, which ended Sunday in Novara.
The stage was won by Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) with Elia Viviani after Nizzolo at home to complete the podium.
A relatively benign peloton run to the finish saw some key moments in the well-organized last 4 km by Bert-Jan Lindeman, Max Walscheid and Victor Campenaerts.
In the final, Merlier opened his sprint with around 200m to go and impressively managed to hold back the fast-finishing Nizzolo, who just couldn’t get around him at the line.
Nizzolo’s podium follows an excellent opening stage individual time trial for the team in which Walscheid finished second.
At the end of the second stage Team Qhubeka ASSOS also retain fifth place in the general team classification.
I think overall I got the best out of it (the situation), Merlier did a great sprint so I think today the strongest won. Obviously, as it was the first stage of the Giro, everyone was full of energy so the sprint was pretty hectic and I ended up in a good place with 1 km to go.
I had a good wheel, I tried to overtake it but obviously it was not enough.
Overall I’m happy and I think we’ve started this Giro well; and hope we can get a better result in the next few days.
Aart Vierhouten – Sporting director
We should be happy with how he ranked in the final, because we’ve seen a team together at the right times – they were there – and it’s already satisfying when you’re in the car and you see the plan works.
At the last moment we narrowly missed a guy but Giacomo is smart enough to be in the right place, on the right wheel. We have already talked about Merlier, we have seen that he was driving well in recent weeks so I think everything was in place, and finally Giacomo was beaten.
This is a second place in the Giro d’Italia, during a Grand Tour. He should be happy and we expect more, and it will come. That’s for sure.
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About the Qhubeka team ASSOS:
Qhubeka team ASSOS are a goal-driven, high-performance team fighting to win on the world’s biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. Founded in 2007, the Qhubeka team ASSOS (Previously NTT Pro Cycling) became the first African cycling team to win a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.
We had our first major victory in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France and won 7 stage victories, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.
We are a multicultural and diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented in our World Tour and Continental Feeder team rosters. Our focus on the development of African cycling has enabled more than 55 riders from the African continent to be offered the opportunity to race on the world stage since the inception of the team.
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