Pavel Sivakov Consolidates Overall Giro d’Italia U23 Lead After Day Five in Italy13. June 2017, Campocavallo — Development Team
Pavel Sivakov not only consolidated his Giro d’Italia race lead on stage 4 in Italy, but he also gained time on his General Classification rivals, after a double day racing of racing saw riders tackle a fast and furious road race followed by a 14km time trial.
At only 87.2km long, this morning’s road race was always going to be fast, and with an intense pace being set from KM0 it took almost 20km for a ten-rider breakaway to go clear.
With Bram Welten out in front and no one threatening the overall race lead of Sivakov, BMC Development Team were able to stay calm in the bunch behind.
The group’s advantage never extended beyond one minute, and with teams looking to set up a bunch sprint, they were eventually caught with 24km to go.
There was no pause in the action however and quickly another group of four riders attack and put daylight between themselves and the rest of the field before the race hit the reset button once again inside the final 10km of the stage.
In the end, it was a late attack from Joseph Areruya (Team Dimension Data) with 7km to go that saw him go solo to the line to take the stage win.
Behind him, BMC Development Team were protecting Sivakov in the main bunch, and he eventually finished inside the top ten alongside Jasper Philipsen.
Attention then turned to the 14km time trial with Sivakov looking to put time into his General Classification rivals.
The provisional best time was changing over the course of the afternoon before Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton Scott) set the fastest time of the day, crossing the line in 17’45”.
As the final rider to roll off the ramp, Sivakov looked motivated to defend the pink jersey crossing the line fourth, 10 seconds behind Hamilton, but extending his race to 14 seconds with the Mitchelton Scott rider moving up into second overall.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“Today was a very long day with two hard stages. This morning we did a really good job as a team and with Bram was in the breakaway, we didn't have to control the race too much. Once again, the guys did an amazing job to keep me in a good position for a very hard uphill finish which I felt really good on.”
“This afternoon was also very hard with a tough time trial that featured a climb in the opening part before a fast descent in the second half. I felt good after the morning stage, so I was going into the race with confidence. I think I did a pretty good job and although I didn't win I am happy with fourth and being able to gain some more time of the GC and keep the Maglia Rose for another day is a really nice feeling. We will keep fighting for over the next two days. We have a really strong team, and I believe in them and also in myself. It will be hard to keep the jersey, but I will fight until the end.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Today started pretty well for us. Bram Welten was in the breakaway on the first part of the stage so the team didn’t have to chase and it took the pressure off us. After around 60km, we started the local laps, and again the team did an amazing job to keep Pavel Sivakov safe and in front.”
“We then moved onto the time trial. I knew that it was a hard course but Pavel has a big engine, and so I knew he could ride well. In the end, he defended the pink jersey, and he moved from having a two-second advantage to a 14-second so, it gives us some more room to breathe.”
Giro d’Italia U23
Stage 5a: Senigallia > Osimo, 87.2km
Top 3: 1. Joseph Areruya (Team Dimension Data) 2. Nicolai Cherkasov (Gazprom-Rusvelo U23) 3. Robert Standard (Mitchelton Scott)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 8. Pavel Sivakov 9. Jasper Philipsen 19. Patrick Müller
Stage 5b / ITT: Campocavallo > Campocavallo, 14km
Top 3: 1. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton Scott) 2. Scott Davies (Team Wiggins) 3. Senne Leysen
BMC Development Team Top 3: 4. Pavel Sivakov 24.Patrick Müller 26. Jasper Philipsen