A stage winner in 2012 at the Giro d’Italia, Roberto Ferrari recorded the best result yet at the 100th edition of the Italian Grand Tour as he finished second to Andre Greipel in Tortoli. The result was Ferrari’s best at the Giro since 2014 having failed to crack the top-20 in the last two editions of the race.
Ferrari was one of nine Italian riders inside the top-25 while Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data) and Enrico Battaglin (LottoNl-Jumbo) also cracked the top-ten for the home country.
Just as Greipel was surprised by the manner in which the stage played out and played into his hands, 34-year-old Ferrari also explained he did not anticipate he would be contesting for victory.
“This was a tricky sprint that definitely gave an unexpected result,” said Ferrari.
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With fellow sprinter, former Giro stage winner and UAE Team Emirates teammate Sacha Modolo suffering on the long category 2 Genna Silana climb, Ferrari added that he took advantage of the opportunity to chase a result.
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