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Another Top-3 for Cimolai in Giro d’Italia

The Israel Start-Up Nation riders put on an impressive performance on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, ultimately seeing Davide Cimolai sprint to third place on the stage.

Despite its short distance of just 139.5 km, today’s stage was anything but easy for the riders. Strong wind gusts kept the peloton on its toes from the start of the stage, never allowing the early break to gain a gap of much more than two minutes.

On the final two ascents, BORA-hansgrohe upped the pace of the peloton, causing several of the sprinters to drop.

The ISN guys were attentive and didn’t miss a beat, always staying near the front and even setting the tempo during the challenging crosswind section with 20 km to go, keeping team leader Dan Martin safe and out of trouble.

With a few tricky corners on the last two kilometers, positioning was vital for a good result. Cimolai did well to follow the right wheels and at the end, our strong Italian sprinter crossed the line in third place – his third podium after previously finishing second twice.

Davide Cimolai: “After finishing second twice and now third today, I would really have liked to win this one. However, I’m happy to take third after my team did an amazing job after the last climb. Today, I only missed the victory to make it a perfect day. I think there are still two sprint opportunities left and I really hope I can win one of them, especially the one finishing in my region! Now, I’m just looking forward to the rest day and not having to set an alarm in the morning. Maybe I can even have a pizza tonight.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

De Marchi keeps pink – Cimolai sprints to 10th

Israel Start-Up Nation and Alessandro De Marchi had no problems keeping the pink leader’s jersey on the flat stage 5 of Giro d’Italia. Davide Cimolai finished in 10th place on the day.

Today’s stage was a historic day for ISN, riding in the leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour for the first time in the history of the team.

With a flat profile without a single KOM sprint, stage 5 was always going to be a day for the sprinters. Therefore, De Marchi also had plenty of time to enjoy his pink dream coming true with a relatively easy start to the stage.

Towards the end, the bunch became more stressed which resulted in a few bad crashes on the final kilometers. Luckily, the ISN guys stayed out of the trouble, keeping De Marchi and team leader Dan Martin safe towards the end. In the final sprint, Cimolai got in the mix but ended up being boxed in and had to settle for 10th place.

Looking at the general classification, De Marchi now enjoys a 42-second lead over second-place ahead of tomorrow’s difficult mountain stage to Ascoli Piceno (San Giacomo).

Alessandro De Marchi: “Today was a very emotional day for me. It was beautiful to ride in the peloton in the pink jersey and I got to enjoy an easy day for the first part of the stage. Towards the end, it got more hectic but we managed to stay out of trouble and finish the stage safely. Now, we look forward to tomorrow and see what we can do.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Cimolai ninth on stage 2 of Giro d’Italia

Israel Start-Up Nation took another top-10 result in the Giro d’Italia as Davide Cimolai finished in ninth place in the bunch sprint on stage 2.

With a pancake flat profile and little to no wind, today’s first road stage of the Giro was an easy one to navigate for the peloton. Three riders attacked from the start and they quickly got a gap of over five minutes. From there on, the teams of the sprinters made sure to keep the breakaway in check and as the riders took on the final 15 km, it was all back together again.

The ISN guys did well to keep both Cimolai and team leader Dan Martin near the front in the hectic final. Unfortunately, Cimolai suffered a late mechanical problem. He did an impressive job of getting back to the front but, in the end, he simply ran out of road and had to settle for ninth place on the line. Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) took the win, while Filippo Ganna (INEOS) still leads the race overall with Matthias Brändle in ninth place.

Davide Cimolai:Normally, the first sprint in a Grand Tour is always the most complicated one as everybody has fresh legs. Especially today as we went slow all day until the sprint. I’m not happy with my ninth place. I dropped my chain with around two kilometers to go and had to chase back to the front, wasting a lot of energy. However, the good thing is that my condition is good. We will try again for sure.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com