“A race to learn a lot. It was a privilege to be able to race here”
72º Trofeo Piva
Col San Martino –Col San Martino (178 km)
Álex Martín was the first classified among the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team U23 riders who disputed this Sunday a new edition of the historical Trofeo Piva. The rider from Barcelona (38º; 2′ 11″) arrived in the middle of the string of riders who reached the finish after the passage through the very hard wall of San Vigilio, almost next to the finish, after the uncontested victory of the Spaniard Juan Ayuso.
In a race of survival marked by a very high pace, the Contador Foundation team stayed close together until the race entered its last sixty kilometres, when the chain of climbs to Combai and especially to San Vigilio came into play. David Martín and Davide Piganzoli held on in the main group until the final lap.
Rafa Díaz Justo, director: “In terms of the level of participation and the route, it was a really demanding race. Among the 35 participating teams, half were continental teams and there were many riders who are already professionals. And then the route: almost 180 km with eleven quite tough climbs. It was a race with a mixture of hardness and level that I think the team got through with flying colours, both Álex and Davide did very well”.
“It has been a very nice experience”, says Álex Martín. “I suffered a lot, but I also enjoyed it. It has been a great contact with the top U23 level to see where we really are. A race to learn a lot. It was a privilege to be able to race here”.
“Really very hard,” agrees Davide Piganzoli.”I’m very happy with my performance, especially because I’ve never raced a distance like this before. Last year the most I had ever ridden was 120 kilometres”.