Giro d’Italia Stage 7: Küng on the Attack13. May 2016, Foligno (ITA) — Road Team
Stefan Küng dominated Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, showing his form with attack after attack throughout the 211km stage from Sulmona to Foligno.
Küng formed a three-rider breakaway early in the race and claimed the first categorized climb, before the peloton reeled them back in only 30 kilometers into the race.
After 60 kilometers of racing, Küng attacked solo and was eventually joined by five riders to form the breakaway of the day. The peloton kept the riders on a short leash with a maximum gap of three minutes for the whole day.
On the descent of the final climb, Küng attacked solo again and ended up producing a time trial-like effort for 30 kilometers, before being caught with just seven kilometers to go.
Quotes of the Day
“When I went through the town with the last intermediate sprint and it was technical I thought that maybe I could stay away if the bunch went a little bit slower through this part. I was going 60km an hour but to go faster isn’t easy. And then behind all of the guys bury themselves and I’m on my own on these big roads. From the top of the climb when I attacked there were still 40 kilometers to go, so even if you are going 60km an hour, at the end of a long and hard day, it’s hard to stay away.”
“I was really disappointed with the opening time trial when I crashed because I really thought it was one of the stages that I could win, so it took me a couple of days to get over it. The breakaway today was a chance for redemption but I was disappointed when I heard that they were keeping us at two or three minutes. I almost considered stopping and going back to the bunch, but bike riders are hard men and we don’t like to give in.”
“After my illness earlier in the year and only coming back to racing just over a month ago, it’s a good sign that my form is back where it needs to be. So I’m happy to see this.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“Stefan really went above and beyond today. It was a stage that was well suited to him and when he attacked in the first breakaway it looked good. But once again we had Nippo-Vini Fantini trying to control the KOM jersey so both breakaways that he was in were kept close to the peloton.”
“For Stefan to keep attacking like that he really showed his form. After a bit of bad luck with crashes in the first week of racing I’m hoping that we can turn things around from here and do something in the next two weeks of racing.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 7 Sulmona to Foligno (211km)
Top 3: Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo), Sacha Modolo (Lampre Merida)
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