DRONE HOPPER ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI: A GREAT CEPEDA CLOSES 2ND AND BEST YOUNG RIDER AT THE GIRO DI SICILIA
He is a great Jefferson Cepeda (photo www.sirotti.it) who finished in 2nd place the Giro di Sicilia, which ended today with the climb to Etna. The Ecuadorian rider of the Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli was among the best on the final climb and the last to give in to a wild Damiano Caruso (Italian national team) who won the stage and the general classification. Cepeda, who in the last two kilometers had also distanced Vincenzo Nibali, finished third (at 10 ”) of the stage after returning to him on the final straight of Meintjes (Intermarchè Wanty). Fourth Nibali, then Rosa, Elissonde, Conci, Albanese. In the overall standings, Cepeda is 29” behind Caruso, third is Meintjes. The great day in Sicily for Cepeda ended with the conquest of the white jersey of the best young rider.
«It was a very hard stage. The last 3 kilometers were really difficult. I had also tried them in training recently, but Caruso was really strong. I’m really happy. Now I will return home for a few days for the last training sessions in view of the Giro» the 23 year old Cepeda said at the end of the prizegiving.
Satisfaction of course also on the race car of the Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli. Giovanni Ellena, who led the team with Alessandro Spezialetti, says: «The guys were very good. Focusing on Cepeda for the Giro di Sicilia proved to be the right choice. This last stage, on which the general classification would have been built, was ideal for its characteristics».
Meanwhile, in Turkey Eduardo Sepulveda is always in command of the overall standing when two fractions are missing at the end of the race. Even today, well supported by his teammates, the Argentine of the Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli defended the lead in the general classification for the second consecutive day.
On the moment of the Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli, the team manager Gianni Savio explains: «We finished the Giro di Sicilia, proud of the evidence provided by the team and in particular by the excellent Jefferson Cepeda. Now the program of approaching the Giro d’Italia continues with the participation in the Tour of the Alps and the Giro della Grecia».
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