Sivakov Moves into Pink after Giro d’Italia U23 Stage 311. June 2017, Forlì (ITA) — Development Team
Pavel Sivakov will head to the start line tomorrow in the pink leader’s jersey after finishing second on Giro d’Italia U23 stage 3 in Forlì.
BMC Development Team were active over the course of the 140.5km stage which included five categorized climbs including the category one, Monte Trebbio.
After breakaway’s which included Pascal Eenkhoorn and Jasper Philipsen were pulled back by the peloton, the stage came down to the final climb, the Rocca delle Caminate.
The pace being set at the front of the bunch saw less than 40 riders head through the valley and towards the foot of the climb.
Riders continued to drop off the back until only six, including Sivakov, remained in front as they went over the top and headed onto the descent towards the finish line.
After building up a lot of speed on the descent, the group, which included most of the General Classification contenders, was able to put distance between themselves and the rest of the field as they raced towards the line.
In the end, it was Mark Padun (Team Colpack) who won the sprint to take the stage win with Sivakov securing second, he moved into the pink leader’s jersey.
Behind him, Jasper Philipsen was the fastest rider in the main bunch, crossing the line seventh, 1’36” behind Sivakov.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“Today was a tough day. It was the first real climbing day and the weather was very hot so, it became even harder. The team did an amazing job again by going in all the good breaks. First with Pascal Eenkhoorn and then with Jasper Philipsen. The difference was made on the last climb of the day when the pace was super high and there was only six of us at the top. I knew that if I wanted to take the jersey I had to finish inside the top three which I did. During the sprint, the there was a bit of pushing and shoving and I was knocked into the barriers so I had to slow down a bit. Maybe I wouldn’t have won but I would have been closer if that didn’t happen. Taking the pink jersey is an amazing feeling. I can't believe it and now, I'll fight until the end to keep it. We have a super strong team here to support me and I trust them 100%.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Once again, the stage went really well for us. The first 50km of the day were flat and I wanted to have someone in the breakaway because the first KOM came straight after that. Pascal Eenkhoorn made it into a breakaway with twelve other riders and they immediately put pressure on the guys behind and they had to start chasing. They gained more than 2’30” and then it came back together after three of the day’s climbs but only forty riders were left in the peloton. We still had Pavel Sivakov, Patrick Müller and Jasper Philipsen.”
“Jasper then made a move with five other riders and this once again put pressure on the bunch and they chased hard to bring it back. On the final climb, Pavel attacked and went clear with a group of GC riders and the pace was so high that the six riders went to the finish. Pavel was in a good position to win but he was blocked a little and had to relaunch his sprint but we can’t be disappointed as he moved into the pink jersey. Even if it is only a two-second lead, we have an advantage now and that will keep us motivated.”
Giro d’Italia U23
Stage 3: Bagnara di Romagna > Forlì, 140.5km
Top 3: 1. Mark Padun (Team Colpack) 2. Pavel Sivakov (BMC Development Team) 3. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton Scott)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 2. Pavel Sivakov 7. Jasper Philipsen 12. Patrick Müller