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Giro Notebook stage 14: Amador scores for the Ticos; Pozzovivo still believes; Schleck, Cav hang tough

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published May. 19, 2012
Amador was left for dead in Costa Rica two years ago. Today, he did the beating at the Giro. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Pozzovivo likes his chances

Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF) could be the big surprise in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

Already a winner of stage 8 at Lago Laceno, Pozzovivo believes he has more in the tank.

“I believe I have possibilities for the final podium,” Pozzovivo told VeloNews. “I am in good form this year and I have already won a stage. Now I can ride with the idea of fighting for the GC.”

Giuseppe Martinelli, the veteran sport director at Astana, has already said that the puckish Italian climber is someone to watch during this year’s Giro.

“For me, the big surprise of this Giro could be Pozzovivo,” Martinelli told VeloNews. “He’s on very good form and could be a danger man for the favorites. We cannot let him get away from us on the big climbs.”

The 5-foot-5 Pozzovivo, who tips the scales at 118 pounds, is enjoying his best season since turning pro, winning a stage and the overall at the Giro del Trentino in the build-up to the Giro d’Italia.

Pozzovivo said he hopes to make it to Monday’s rest day with all options on the table.

“The final time trial will not be so decisive as in years past,” he said. “The final weekend’s stages will decide everything. Whoever has the legs on those days can win. I hope to be close to the podium.”

Pozzovivo is not your typical cyclist. He showed off his piano playing skills on live Italian TV and he undertook post-graduate studies at university.

Pozzovivo ended Saturday’s stage still in contention, riding across the line with the favorites in 12th, at 46 seconds back, to slot into 10th overall, 1:21 behind Ryder Hesjedal. Let’s see if he gets the calculus correct for a run at the final podium.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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