Mountain - Hiking Itineraries: Pian Cancelli in the Snow. Joyfully!

Image may contain: tree, sky, outdoor and natureFirst time in the mountains since when I'm back from Nepal. I was looking forward! Especially because we had a lot of snow in Italy in the last weeks. 
Image may contain: cloud, sky, outdoor and natureOn Sunday morning I brought my son to his team training and drove to Castagno d'Andrea - San Godenzo, Firenze - then up on the road to Fonte del Borbotto, where the path to Monte Falterona's top starts. Son was going to ride home on his own. 
Image may contain: tree, outdoor and natureNormally you park the car where the road ends, but now I had to stop 5 km to go due to the snow. It wasn't a surprise but I was wearing just my mountain boots, no crampons, no poles. Mountaineering skis would have been more appropriate! 
I walked on the road covered in snow, then took a shortcut. I arrived to the Fonte del Borbotto and went on until Pian Cancelli
Image may contain: mountain, sky, nature and outdoorI was happy, full of energy and full of joy. The snow was soft and cold, the sun was shining and it was almost hot. I find the time to roll about like a dog.
Some christals were unusally big on the surface of the snow: it was the amazing phenomenon of frost! 
Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, snow, sky, tree, close-up, outdoor and natureI took a break to eat, then I came back: the daylight was already fading. And then it was so sweet talking with my love, so far away and still always so close...

Time: 5 hours
Elevation: 800 m
Where: Monte Falterona, Casentino, Tuscany, Italy
Start and finish: somewhere on the road from Castagno d'Andrea (727 m) and Fonte del Borbotto (1210 m)
Summit: Pian Cancelli (1540 m)
Image may contain: sky, snow, outdoor and natureSignals: CAI 16 (red and white) 
Things to see: Fonte del Borbotto (where it's possible to fill bottles), the view from Pian Cancelli, the forest.

Procycling: Bauke Mollema Wins Vuelta San Juan: "Today it was much harder than I expected actually"

Image may contain: 1 person, playing a sport and shoesBauke Mollema:
"Today it was much harder than I expected actually. It was only 111 kilometers with no corners, so the whole day was a really fast circuit. We knew it was going to be warm like the last days, but it was less of an issue than yesterday with the longer stage. It was okay today, but the speed was high from the start; I think we did 49km/h average. It was a hard day. 
I did not know what Nibali was doing actually; I was a bit surprised he was going in a break. They were only three guys, so we were never really worried. But at one moment they were going so fast that it was hard to take back anytime. All the time it was one and a half minutes, and I knew the sprinters' teams were going to help in the finale. 
I have to really thank my teammates today. Especially after Eugenio (Alafaci) crashed hard yesterday, he pulled full gas the whole day and kept going back for bottles. Greggy (Daniel) and Matthias (Brändle) pulled a long time and took off a lot of time, and Marco (Coledan) always stayed with me until the end. They did a great job, we were only with five, but we managed to control the race. I am happy it's over now. 
It's nice. I have not won so many stage races, and it's nice for me to start the year like this. It is a good sign after the winter, and it says something about my level at this moment, and I am really happy about that. It sets a good pace for the rest of the year, there's a lot of other races coming up, of course, and this motivates me, even more, to keep working hard in the next weeks, next months." 

1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 3:34:44  
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy  
3 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
1 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:14:03  
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:03  
3 Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:07
1 Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 4:15:04  
2 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:00:03  
3 Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima 0:00:07  
1 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors 3:48:47  
2 Oliviero Troia (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi  
3 German Nicolas Tivani (Arg) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
1 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors 2:16:48  
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:03  
3 Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
1 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 20:19:00  
2 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Medellin - Inder 0:00:14  
3 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:00:16  
4 Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima 0:00:20  
5 Rui Costa (Por) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:00:26  
6 Laureano Rosas (Arg) Argentina 0:00:27  
7 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:00:49  
8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15  
9 Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:01:29  
10 Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:31  


Cyclocross World Champioship in Bieles: U23 and Elite Men

No miracle in Bieles, but a good 4th place for Lars van der Haar. Wout van Aert won again, on Mathieu van der Poel. 
In the U23 race Joris Nieuwenhuis won on the Spaniard Felipe Orts Lloret.

Wout Van Aert:
“I really didn’t expect this. Last week I was a week without bike. It seemed like nobody believed me. It was not the best preparation. I just wanted to give full gas for one hour. It’s also a pity that bad luck is with Mathieu when he has a flat tire. Of course I couldn’t wait for that. I’m so happy with my second world title. I thought it would be a race for second place but then in the second lap I found my good rhythm." 

Mathieu Van der Poel:
“It’s no fun to lose a race due to bad luck. It’s the biggest disappointment of my career,"“There’s many rocks in Namur as well. Despite my disappointment, I had great fun for the full hour on this real 'cross course. The punctures were just too much. It cost too much time and energy."

Kevin Pauwels:
“The result couldn’t be better," Pauwels told Sporza. I flatted three times. The last lap I took it easy to avoid a puncture. If you see the difference with the first two riders, then it’s a good result."

Lars Van der Haar:
"Six flats were too much to overcome. I think I could’ve gotten third place easily. I did everything to avoid punctures but it kept happening. I’m happy with fourth place though after what happened in November."

Laurens Sweeck:
“Luckily, my team had the wheels of my brothers with them. It remains a mechanical sport."

Gianni Vermeersch:
“I punctured seven or eight times. My father shouted I had to keep riding because they no longer had bikes ready. I rode half the race on a flat tubular."

Joris Nieuwenhuis:
“It was really fantastic. In the beginning, I immediately felt good. I knew before the race that I was ready for it but you don’t know in such a race like this, so I’m really happy. I just rode my own race and didn’t think of others. I knew I had to keep myself straight. I didn’t fall so that was good.”

Eli Iserbyt:
"I crashed twice. Straight away, I was completely soaked. My race was ruined. I’m too cold. I’ve never had it this bad.” 

Elite Men
1 Wout Van Aert (Belgium) 1:02:08  
2 Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands) 0:00:44  
3 Kevin Pauwels (Belgium) 0:02:09  
4 Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) 0:02:52  
5 Corne Van Kessel (Netherlands) 0:03:09  
6 Laurens Sweeck (Belgium) 0:03:29  
7 Michael Boroš (Czech Republic) 0:03:47  
8 Gianni Vermeersch (Belgium) 0:04:02  
9 Simon Zahner (Switzerland) 0:04:08  
10 Sascha Weber (Germany) 0:04:29  
11 Jan Nesvadba (Czech Republic) 0:04:50  
12 Tim Merlier (Belgium) 0:05:07  
13 Philipp Walsleben (Germany)  
14 Severin Sägesser (Switzerland) 0:05:18  
15 Nicola Rohrbach (Switzerland) 0:05:28  
16 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spain) 0:05:35  
17 Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium) 0:05:40  
18 Stephen Hyde (United States Of America) 0:05:41  
19 Julien Taramarcaz (Switzerland) 0:05:57  
20 Luca Braidot (Italy) 0:06:05  
21 Matthieu Boulo (France) 0:06:15  
22 Emil Hekele (Czech Republic) 0:06:26  
23 Alois Falenta (France)  
24 Marcel Wildhaber (Switzerland) 0:06:29  
25 Marek Konwa (Poland) 0:06:41  
26 Tomáš Paprstka (Czech Republic) 0:06:49  
27 Ismael Esteban Aguando (Spain) 0:07:03  
28 Martin Haring (Slovakia) 0:07:18  
29 Clement Venturini (France) 0:07:38
U23 Men
1 Joris Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) 0:53:58
2 Felipe Orts Lloret (Spain) 0:01:23
3 Sieben Wouters (Netherlands) 0:01:29
4 Thijs Aerts (Belgium) 0:01:34
5 Nicolas Cleppe (Belgium) 0:01:38
6 Joshua Dubau (France) 0:01:56
7 Gioele Bertolini (Italy) 0:02:03
8 Simon Andreassen (Denmark) 0:02:28
9 Quinten Hermans (Belgium) 0:02:30
10 Kelvin Bakx (Netherlands)
11 Clement Russo (France) 0:03:08
12 Maik van der Heijden (Netherlands) 0:03:13
13 Eddy Fine (France) 0:03:14
14 Lucas Dubau (France) 0:03:25
15 Kobe Goossens (Belgium) 0:03:39
16 Johan Jacobs (Switzerland)
17 Eli Iserbyt (Belgium) 0:03:55
18 Spencer Petrov (United States Of America) 0:03:58
19 Yannick Peeters (Belgium) 0:04:17
20 Nadir Colledani (Italy) 0:04:21
21 Timon Ruegg (Switzerland) 0:04:34
22 Cooper Willsey (United States Of America)
23 Manuel Muller (Germany) 0:04:44
24 Antonio Folcarelli (Italy) 0:05:18
25 Lance Haidet (United States Of America) 0:06:23
26 Marceli Boguslawski (Poland) -1
27 Simon Vozar (Slovakia) -1
28 Maximilian Mobis (Germany) -1
29 Matej Ulik (Slovakia) -1
30 Michele Bassani (Italy) -1
31 Gage Hecht (United States Of America) -1
32 Luc Turchi (Luxembourg) -1
33 Maxx Chance (United States Of America) -1
34 Lukas Meiler (Germany) -1
35 Daniel Mayer (Czech Republic) -1
36 Kevin Kuhn (Switzerland) -1
37 Billy Harding (Great Britain) -1
38 Niels Rasmussen (Denmark) -1
39 David Jary (Czech Republic) -1
40 Henrik Jansson (Sweden) -1
41 Christian Storgaard (Denmark) -1
42 Jonas Brezina (Czech Republic) -2
43 Jokin Alberdi Mendizabal (Spain) -2
44 Andreas Lund Andresen (Denmark) -3
45 Noah Fries (Luxembourg) -3
46 Trevor O'Donnell (Canada) -3
47 Gosse van der Meer (Netherlands) -3
48 Ben Walkerden (Australia) -3
49 Hijiri Oda (Japan) -3
50 Jakob Dorigoni (Italy) -5
DNF Jonas Degroote (Belgium)
DNF Tony Periou (France)
DNF David Eriksson (Sweden)
DNF Felix Keiser (Luxembourg)
DNS Curtis White (United States Of America)
DNS Carl Sorensen (Denmark)


Lost in Nepal 12: Kathmandu

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoorSee also Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10 and Part 11.

Image may contain: one or more people, sky and outdoorWriting about Kathmandu is painful because I fell in love with that city. Yes, it's chaotic, awfully polluted and still in ruins after the 2015 earthquake. Yes, at first it's shocking. I remember my first day in Thamel - the central area, so a touristic place - like an ipnotic nightmare: it's horrible but you can't stop watching. The last day I was crying because I didn't want to leave, it was feeling like home, my home finally, a place where I thought I could live. It's hard to explain, probably impossible. You must go there, and maybe you'll say it's a hell, like my travel mates.
Image may contain: sky, outdoor and waterKathmandu is no hell, no paradise either. It's a city suspended between past and future, rich of history, crowded of people, violently striking all your senses. A list of things to see or to do would be meaningless, it's the whole experience that captured me. 
Image may contain: outdoorWe spent there almost three days, visiting some holy places - both Induist and Buddhist - and strolling in Thamel. I phoned Lalit who joined us, and it was a pleasure to be with him. We went to dance, and let me say a disco night in Kathmandu is something special, because of the music and moreover because of the people: young Nepalis, trekkers in mountain boots (!), American freaks... We had a lot of fun. 
No automatic alt text available.The last day we were all moved. We hold each other and I was about to cry. When I turned my phone on in Abu Dhabi... there were already three messages... So... I'm going back to Nepal in April, to vist Lalit's village, Waku, in the Solo Khumbu.But that's another story.Image may contain: one or more people, sky and outdoorImage may contain: sky and outdoorImage may contain: 1 person, outdoorImage may contain: drink and indoorImage may contain: outdoorImage may contain: one or more people, tree, sky, nature and outdoorImage may contain: outdoorImage may contain: outdoorNo automatic alt text available.Image may contain: one or more people, sky, cloud and outdoor

Cyclocross World Champioship in Bieles: W.H.A.T A D.A.Y!!!! Junior Men, U23 and Elite Women

W.H.A.T A D.A.Y!!!! First of all MY rider Sanne Cant finally won the world title in the Elite Women cathegory. She deserved it, had to fight and fought for it. BRAVO! I'm very very very happy.
Then, in the Junior Men race we had a full British podium, something new and exciting. Thomas Pidcock confirmed he's a classy crosser and will wear the rainbow jersey.
Annemarie Worst's victory in the U23 Women race was touching as she dedicated it to her friend Annefleur Kalvenhaar, who died following a heavy crash during a mountain bike race in 2014.

Sanne Cant:
“I can’t believe it. The jersey is mine for a whole year. I dreamed of it since I was six years old. It’s twenty years ago. I really can’t believe I beat Marianne Vos. She‘s the seven-time world champion. She’s really history. It’s an incredible day, the most beautiful day of my life. 
When turning onto the road Vos was still on my wheel and I thought I would lose again. I was sprinting until the finish line but there wasn’t any orange coming up. I still couldn’t believe it when I crossed the finish line. Beating Vos in a direct duel adds more glamour to this victory.
After my crash I lost the belief but suddenly I saw Vos standing and thought, now it has to happen. I thought she was side lined much longer, and I was surprised to find her back on my wheel a few moments later
I wanted to drop her on that climb but that didn’t work out. I did realize that she was also on the limit. I hesitated to shift to the big ring. It all goes so fast. Luckily she had nothing left in her tank. If I had shifted, I would’ve come to a standstill.”

Marianne Vos:
“I’m a bit disappointed. You know anything can happen in such a race. It was a fierce duel. We matched each other today, and then it came down to the last lap. She’s technically the best in the pack so it would be hard to beat her on this course. It’s hard to get a big lead on this course because you always have to pay attention to avoid mistakes. I was handed the lead when Cant slipped away".

Annemarie Worst:
“It was so difficult, the course, so slippery. You had to stay so focused. On the first lap, I was trying to ride away from the girls but that didn’t happen. I tried again, and again. On the last lap I could ride away from the other girls so I’m very happy. I dedicate the win to my friend Annefleur Kalvenhaar [died following a heavy crash during a mountain bike race in 2014I ride for her.
I knew I had to stay focused and ride the track clean. I was thinking that they can also make mistakes. I’m so happy. I passed Noble on the inside and pushed through. I knew I was better in those sections. I knew I should not stay behind her there.”

Junior Men,
1 Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Great Britain 0:41:24
2 Daniel Tulett (GBr) Great Britain 0:00:38
3 Ben Turner (GBr) Great Britain 0:00:44
4 Loris Rouiller (Swi) Switzerland 0:00:52
5 Antoine Benoist (Fra) France 0:01:23
6 Jelle Camps (Bel) Belgium 0:01:37
7 Timo Kielich (Bel) Belgium 0:01:55
8 Toon Vandebosch (Bel) Belgium 0:01:56
9 Denzel Stephenson (USA) United States Of America 0:02:07
10 Niklas Markl (Ger) Germany 0:02:10
11 Ryan Kamp (Ned) Netherlands
12 Mauro Schmid (Swi) Switzerland 0:02:45
13 Erwann Kerraud (Fra) France 0:03:11
14 Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Belgium 0:03:20
15 Jofre Cullell Estape (Spa) Spain 0:03:21
16 Jeremy Montauban (Fra) France 0:03:30
17 Lane Maher (USA) United States Of America 0:03:41
18 Tim Wollenberg (Ger) Germany 0:03:59
19 Thymen Arensman (Ned) Netherlands 0:04:03
20 Maxime Bonsergent (Fra) France 0:04:04
21 Jan Gavenda (Cze) Czech Republic 0:04:13
22 Gunnar Holmgren (Can) Canada 0:04:15
23 Wojciech Ceniuch (Pol) Poland 0:04:38
24 Bart Hazekamp (Ned) Netherlands 0:04:47
25 Brody Sanderson (Can) Canada
26 Bart Artz (Ned) Netherlands 0:04:48
27 Simon Vanicek (Cze) Czech Republic 0:05:06
28 Mikkel Bertelsen (Den) Denmark 0:05:07
29 Erik Fetter (Hun) Hungary 0:05:13
30 Kotaro Murakami (Jpn) Japan 0:05:18
31 Thomas Mein (GBr) Great Britain 0:05:43
32 Caleb Swartz (USA) United States Of America 0:05:47
33 Calder Wood (USA) United States Of America 0:06:05
34 Tomas Kopecky (Cze) Czech Republic 0:06:07
35 Leonardo Cover (Ita) Italy 0:06:08
36 Ross Ellwood (USA) United States Of America 0:06:09
37 Radoslaw Roclawski (Pol) Poland 0:06:11
38 Niklas Patino (Den) Denmark 0:06:22
39 Nicola Taffarel (Ita) Italy 0:06:24
40 Felix Schreiber (Lux) Luxembourg 0:06:30
41 David Honzak (Cze) Czech Republic 0:06:35
42 Ken Conter (Lux) Luxembourg 0:06:40
43 Sam Noel (USA) United States Of America 0:07:00
44 Ivan Feijoo Alberte (Spa) Spain 0:07:05
45 Filippo Fontana (Ita) Italy 0:07:08
46 Noah Simms (Can) Canada 0:07:11
47 Alberto Brancati (Ita) Italy 0:07:15
48 Misch Leyder (Lux) Luxembourg 0:07:28
49 Bruno Marchetti (Ita) Italy 0:09:30
50 Mees Hendrikx (Ned) Netherlands -1
51 Adam Blazevic (Aus) Australia -1
52 Jack Bernard Murphy (Irl) Ireland -1
53 Nicolas Guillemin (Fra) France -1
54 Oliver Errebo (Den) Denmark -1
55 Nicolas Kess (Lux) Luxembourg -1
56 Gustaf Darrasson (Isl) Iceland -1
57 Luca Bockelmann (Ger) Germany -1
58 Lukas Markl (Ger) Germany -2
59 Jakub Schierl (Cze) Czech Republic -2
60 Tristan Parrotta (Lux) Luxembourg -2
61 David Westhoff-Wittwer (Ger) Germany -2
62 Jakub Varhanovsky (Svk) Slovenia -2
63 Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Belgium -3
DNF Lucas Wulff (Den) Denmark
DNF Anders Lilliendal (Den) Denmark
DNF Xabier Murias Garcia (Spa) Spain
DNF Andreas Goeman (Bel) Belgium
U23 Women
1 Annemarie Worst (Netherlands) 0:43:47
2 Ellen Noble (United States Of America) 0:00:10
3 Evie Richards (Great Britain) 0:00:26
4 Laura Verdonschot (Belgium) 0:01:08
5 Manon Bakker (Netherlands) 0:01:41
6 Nikola Noskova (Czech Republic) 0:01:44
7 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado (Netherlands) 0:02:17
8 Emma White (United States Of America) 0:02:37
9 Malene Degn (Denmark) 0:02:45
10 Inge Van Der Heijden (Netherlands) 0:02:57
11 Ffion James (Great Britain) 0:03:02
12 Helene Clauzel (France) 0:03:26
13 Chiara Teocchi (Italy) 0:03:31
14 Nicole Koller (Switzerland) 0:03:33
15 Evita Muzic (France) 0:03:57
16 Jana Czeczinkarova (Czech Republic) 0:03:58
17 Lisa Pasteiner (Austria) 0:03:59
18 Jade Wiel (France) 0:04:53
19 Nadja Heigl (Austria) 0:05:01
20 Silvia Persico (Italy) 0:05:14
21 Hannah Arensman (United States Of America) 0:05:21
22 Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain) 0:05:23
23 Sara Casasola (Italy) 0:05:32
24 Maina Galand (France) 0:05:37
25 Olivia Hottinger (Switzerland) 0:05:53
26 Ruby West (Canada) 0:06:03
27 Nicole Fede (Italy) 0:06:05
28 Kiyoka Sakaguchi (Japan) 0:06:15
29 Lara Krahemann (Switzerland) 0:06:28
30 Tereza Vanickova (Czech Republic) 0:06:35
31 Amira Mellor (Great Britain) 0:06:38
32 Agnieszka Szpocinska (Poland) 0:06:46
33 Jessica Lambracht (Germany) 0:06:57
34 Edie Antonia Rees (Luxembourg) 0:07:01
35 Patrycja Swierczynska (Poland) 0:07:14
36 Martina Kukulova (Czech Republic) 0:07:57
37 Emma Swartz (United States Of America) 0:08:08
38 Alba Teruel Ribes (Spain) 0:08:13
39 Francesca Baroni (Italy) 0:08:49
40 Lindy Van Anrooij (Netherlands) -1
41 Ashley Zoerner (United States Of America) -2
42 Stacey Riedel (Australia) -2
43 Olivia Nendick (Australia) -3
DNF Tereza Medvedova (Slovakia)
DNF Larissa Luttuschka (Germany)
Elite Women
1 Sanne Cant (Belgium) 0:43:06
2 Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 0:00:01
3 Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) 0:00:21
4 Lucinda Brand (Netherlands)
5 Maghalie Rochette (Canada) 0:00:36
6 Eva Lechner (Italy) 0:00:53
7 Christine Majerus (Luxembourg) 0:01:21
8 Ellen Van Loy (Belgium) 0:01:25
9 Nikki Brammeier (Great Britain) 0:01:31
10 Kaitlin Antonneau (United States Of America) 0:01:46
11 Elle Anderson (United States Of America) 0:02:29
12 Caroline Mani (France) 0:02:40
13 Amanda Miller (United States Of America) 0:02:49
14 Marlene Petit (France) 0:02:53
15 Courtenay Mcfadden (United States Of America)
16 Helen Wyman (Great Britain) 0:03:06
17 Alicia Franck (Belgium) 0:03:12
18 Lucie Chainel (France) 0:03:19
19 Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain) 0:03:29
20 Mical Dyck (Canada) 0:04:27
21 Rebecca Fahringer (United States Of America) 0:04:49
22 Lise-Marie Henzelin (Switzerland) 0:05:13
23 Nathalie Lamborelle (Luxembourg) 0:05:51
24 Cindy Montambault (Canada) 0:06:06
25 Magdalena Sadlecka (Poland) 0:06:30
26 Jolien Verschueren (Belgium) 0:06:36
27 Hannah Payton (Great Britain) 0:06:40
28 Stefanie Paul (Germany) 0:08:05
29 Eri Yonamine (Japan) 0:08:15
30 Miho Imai (Japan) -1
31 Aida Nuno Palacio (Spain) -1
32 Naomi Williams (Australia) -1
33 Rikke Lonne (Denmark) -1
34 Kristina Thrane (Denmark) -1
35 Waka Takeda (Japan) -1
36 Rebecca Locke (Australia) -2
37 Suzie Godart (Luxembourg) -2
DNF Katherine Compton (United States Of America)
DNF Loes Sels (Belgium)
DNF Sophie De Boer (Netherlands)
DNF Maud Kaptheijns (Netherlands)
DNF Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic)
DNF Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy)


Procycling - Vuelta San Juan: An interview with... Manuel Belletti

Manuel BellettiManuel Belletti is one of my favourite riders. He's started his season in Vuelta San Juan and was on the attack in stage 2 finale.

Me:  The season started in the right way, not yet a result but the good form is there. Can you tell us about your last sprint?
Manuel: Yes, my shape isn't yet at the top but it isn't bad either. Yesterday at the sprint I finished on 8th position, not that much, let's say that I didn't want to set for less, a tried to anticipate but got caught in the last meters... I tried. Maybe I was better to stay on Viviani's wheel to get a result, but the important is I tried, I went for the victory.
Me: Have you had a good winter?
Manuel: I had a quite good winter, I managed to train quite well even if at home I got a lot of cold....Now, after the first stages, I'm sure my condition can improve a lot.
Me: Which goals did you set for this year?
Manuel: I didn't set any specific goal.... I want to be constant in the results and to win races, avoiding the health problems I had in 2016.
Me: Looking to the big game, who's going to be the main character in 2017? of course it's early to say, but in your opinion? 
Manuel: I think Sagan is going to be the main contender in the Classics, no doubt... and let's pay attention to Boonen in the last season of his career...

Thank you Manuel. And good luck!

1. La stagione comincia col piede giusto, il risultato non c'è ancora ma la forma sì. Ci racconti questo sprint?
Manuel: Sì, la condizione non e' ancora ottimale ma neanche male. Ieri in volata e' arrivato un'ottavo posto, non un gran che, diciamo che non mi sono voluto accontentare e ho provato ad anticipare un po' la volata ma negli ultimi metri ho ceduto... Ci ho ptovato. Forse sarebbe stato meglio restare a ruota di Viviani e raccogliere un risultato migliore, ma l'importante e' provarci.
2. Hai passato un buon inverno?
 ho passato un discreto inverno, don sempre riuscito ad allenarmi abbastanza bene anche se di freddo Manuel: a casa ne ho preso tanto.. ora dopo le prime tappe di adattamento son sicuro che la condizione possa crescere di parecchio.
3. Quest'anno quali sono i tuoi obiettivi?
Manuel: Di obbiettivi in particolare non me ne pongo... Voglio essere continuo nei risultati e vincere delle gare senza avere intoppi fisici come invece e' successo diverse volte nel 2016.
4. Guardando alle grandi corse, secondo te chi sarà il protagonista della stagione 2017? certo è presto per dirlo... ma secondo te?
Manuel: Penso che il faro delle classiche sara' sicuramente Sagan... e attenzione a Boonen nella sua ultima stagione della carriera...

1 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Quick-Step Floors 3:07:44
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy
3 Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
4 Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
6 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
7 Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek - Segafredo
8 Alan Ramirez (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek - Segafredo
10 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Medellin - Inder
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 3:00:40
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy
3 Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
4 Daniel Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima
5 Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Abu Dhabi
6 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
7 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
8 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina
9 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek - Segafredo
10 Mattia Viel (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani - Hemus 1896
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy 6:08:12
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:01
3 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:02
4 Franco German Lopez (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima 0:00:06
5 Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:00:08
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team 0:00:12
7 Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
8 Duilio Ramos (Arg) Asociacion Civil Mardan
9 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Medellin - Inder
10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek - Segafredo