A gorgeous fourth stage from Malè to Cles (won by Italian Paolo Tiralongo) made the curtain fall on 39th Giro del Trentino Melinda. Aussie Richie Porte ruled over the field to ensue Cadel Evans in the event’s list of honor after four days of perfect job managed by Team Sky.
Porte’s victory means a solid bid to upcoming Giro d’Italia as a matter of fact: “It was a great win on the way to the Giro – the Tasmanian proudly stated – this is the definitive event to reach the start of the pink race start in a perfect shape… I still remember what Vincenzo Nibali did here in Trentino two years ago… Every day I was feeling better and better, now I can stay recharge my batteries a bit and focus on the next goal for a couple of weeks. It wasn’t easy to secure the overall win, as we faced a grueling final day with really no room for rest. I wish to praise my teammates, they all made everything much easier for me”.
Giro del Trentino Melinda gathered an all-foreign podium rounded off by Spaniard Mikel Landa (Astana) and Czech Leopold Konig (Team Sky) with 22” and 58” delay from Porte respectively.
Team Astana softened the disappointment for Fabio Aru’s late scratch, as Landa was Porte’s main opponent and veteran Tiralongo took the last stage by outspirinting Spaniard David Arroyo and Colombian Fabio Duarte, after taking part in a breakaway that marked the second half of the race. After the Fondo and Predaia Pass climbs, Fabio Duarte made a bold move by taking the lead alone, followed closely by Tiralongo and Arroyo.
It was a close challenge between the three frontrunners, and in the end Tiralongo managed wisely the final kilometres, making the most of his sprinting skills to see off the fellow climbers. “It was an important win – Tiralongo said – for the whole Astana team, as it demostrates we remained calm and focus even going through everything that happened over the last weeks and months. It is now time to move our complee attention to the Giro, hoping Fabio Aru will be able to recovery soon and for good.”