BORA – ARGON 18 won the opening stage of the Giro del Trentino. The young second division team beat the favorites of Team Sky by the tiny margin of 0.3 seconds after 13.3 kilometers. Astana set the third best time, 4 seconds down on the winning time. On the technical course from Riva del Garda to Arco, Cesare Benedetti crossed the line first and now leads the general classification of the stage race. By leading his home race Benedetti scored the most significant result in his career to date. 22-years old German neo-pro Emanuel Buchmann of BORA – ARGON 18 leads the young rider classification.
"It was a perfect race and it was crowned by the victory. We felt already beforehand, that the guys are absolutely determined to score a top result. They were all totally focussed when we scouted the course this morning as well as during the warm-up. In the end, it was tight but won. This was a victory by the entire team, including our mechanics and physios. We all fought together to get this result“ says Enrico Poitschke, Sport Director of BORA – ARGON 18.
"A dream comes true for Cesare. This is his home race and he is in the lead now. He felt really strong today and in the end he had the will to cross the line first. That says a lot about his motivation“, Poitschke continues.
Cesare Benedetti: "With 350m to go I just went full gas but I didn’t thought that we might win here. I had no idea about the jersey, we just wanted to be as fast as possible. This win is very special because it’s a team result. It was only possible because we showed perfect teamwork today. Of course, I’m proud to wear the jersey here in my home region. That’s the little extra."
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