Sivakov Second After Uphill Battle on Stage 3 in Italy15. July 2016, Piani di Tavagnasco (ITA) — Development Team
After a day in the breakaway on Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc Stage 3, Pavel Sivakov found himself in a final uphill battle for victory, eventually crossing the line second behind Maximilian Schachmann (Klein Constantia Cycling Team)
After several attempts, Pavel Sivakov was part of the day’s successful breakaway group which was able to extend a maximum advantage of almost seven minutes.
The group was able to stay out in front for most of the day but the race began to take it’s toll and only three riders remained in front as the group headed onto the slopes of the final climb with Schachmann the eventual winner.
Behind them the race continued with a reduced peloton picking up the remaining breakaway riders. As the gradient started to increase the bunch began to split with Kilian Frankiny putting in another strong effort to stay at the business end of the race and finish fifth.
The day’s result saw a reshuffling at the top of the General Classification with Sivakov moving into third place, 1 minute 49 seconds behind race leader, Mark Padun (Colpack), and Frankiny moving into fifth, 3 minutes and 2 seconds back.
Quotes of the day
Sports Director Jens Blatter said: ““This was a great day for us! Our plan was to put either Pavel or TJ [Taylor Eisenhart] into the breakaway. Eventually it was Pavel who was in the right position to go with the break and this gave us the chance to relax a little in the peloton behind them. The group’s lead went up to almost seven minutes and other teams had to work really hard behind to control this time gap. Of course the aim is always to win but it is great to have finished second and fifth today after such a hard stage. We also now have two riders at the top of the General Classification which will make it interesting for us on the last two days. It was also good to see how strong Frankiny was at the finish and how he was able to finish with the main GC group of riders on the road after a tough battle for the line.”
Pavel Sivakov said: “It was a good day today! the start was really fast and after 5km we went onto a really steep climb. Soon after that there were only 30 riders left in the main bunch and then I was able to make a move with 20 other riders. The rider from Klein Constantia then attacked and with four other guys we rode at the front for most of the day. The stage was up and down all day with long straight roads and the final climb was definitely the most important part of the stage. I think it was the toughest climb I have ever cycled.”
“Eventually it was just me and Schachmann racing on the slopes of the final climb. I rode at my own pace as I knew if I tried to go beyond my limit today and attack, I would have burned out and lost even more time. In the end he was stronger than me today. I am happy with second but you always want to win.”
Kilian Frankiny said: “The race was hard right from the very first climb but with Pavel in the day’s breakaway we could sit up a little. Before the last climb the road narrowed slightly and Patrick [Müller], Sam [Dobbs] and TJ did a great job pulling at the front and we went onto the final climb in a great, in fact perfect, position. It was such good teamwork and with them on the squad I am feeling really positive for the next two days. Our team is so strong that we can go into the last few days feeling positive and knowing we are in a good position with both myself and Pavel near the top of the GC.”
Giro della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc (UCI 2.2)
Stage 3: Quincinetto - Piani di Tavagnasco, 159.1km
Top 3: 1. Maximilian Schachmann (Klein Constantia Cycling Team) 2. Pavel Sivakov (BMC Development Team) .3. José Luis, Rodríguez (Centre Mondial de Cyclisme)
BMC Development Team Top 3:
2. Pavel Sivakov
5. Kilian Frankiny
37. Taylor Eisenhart