Pavel Sivakov Secures Overall Victory at Giro Valle d’Aosta16. July 2017, Valgrisenche (ITA) — Development Team
Pavel Sivakov secured BMC Development Team’s second consecutive victory at Giro Valle d’Aosta after a short but sharp final stage in Italy.
Early into the 103.7km stage, 12 riders went clear off the front of the peloton, but with no one threatening the overall lead of Sivakov, BMC Development Team was controlling the race comfortably.
Over the next 40km, the breakaway’s advantage continued to rise before it peaked at 4’20” as they went over the top of the La Palud climb, the first of three categorized climbs on the way from Aosta to Valgrisenche.
From there, BMC Development Team continued to look strong as they began to steadily increase the pace, bringing the leaders to within 2’30” as the race hit the slopes of the final climb to Valgrisenche.
The steep gradients took their toll on the breakaway and following several attacks just two riders were left out at the head of the race battling for the stage win with Alessandro Fedeli (Team Colpack) eventually taking the honors.
The peloton exploded behind them as they approached the final 5km of the day with the General Classification riders locked in a battle to the line.
Despite several attacks, the group went over the summit of the climb and onto a fast and steep descent to the Valgrisenche Dam together before Pavel Sivakov punched the air with delight as he sealed his third stage race victory of the year.
The Winner’s Interview with Pavel Sivakov
Congratulations, Pavel. How do you feel after taking the overall victory?
“This is a really big race, so it is amazing to win here. I have been riding at a really high level this season, and I will definitely enjoy this victory especially after winning Ronde de l’Isard and Giro d’Italia U23. The team was amazing today. They controlled the race from start to finish. It was incredible to see.”
Talk us through today’s final stage.
“We let the breakaway go today because no one was dangerous overall. The guys then controlled the race perfectly. There’s not much more I can say. It was a perfect day for us.”
Coming into Giro Valle d’Aosta, did you expect to win?
“No, I didn’t come into the race thinking that I would take the overall victory and I definitely didn’t think I would have gone solo for 40km on yesterday’s stage. But, it feels great to win here and to secure the team’s second overall win. I am really happy.”
Giro Valle d’Aosta
Stage 4: Aosta > Valgrisenche, 103.7km
Top 3: 1. Alessandro Fedeli (Team Colpack) 2. Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto - Soudal U23) 3. Scott Davies (Team Wiggins)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 11. Pavel Sivakov 46. Marc Hirschi 53. Patrick Müller