uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

" It's an honour for me to win in front of the Pantani monument. I was born on January 13 like him, and I'm sure he helped me a bit today."

Photo: Sirotti






19.05.2013 @ 20:07 Posted by Jesper Ralbjerg

On perhaps the least expected day, in one of the toughest stages in this year's course, Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) claimed a victory in the Giro d'Italia he always looked for.


The Movistar Team rider notched up a magnificent win atop the Col du Galibier (2,300m above sea level) on stage 15 in the 'Corsa Rosa', a 145km trek starting at Cesana Torinese and featuring the slopes of the Mont Cenis and the Télégraphe before the decisive ascent. At the penultimate climb, with 23km remaining, Visconti jumped from a break that formed on the descent of the Cenis, more than 80km from the finish, and started a real mountain time trial against his previous fellow escapees and the favourites' group, always keeping the gap over two minutes.


At the final 3km of the Galibier, under intense snow, the attacks from the main GC riders saw them approach Visconti, who struggled but managed to win in brilliant style. After eight days in pink during the 2008 race and having collected himself several good places in stage finishes, the Italian rider from the Movistar Team had to wait until his sixth Giro appearance to triumphantly raise his hands as he crossed the line. It's his first victory of the season and one that breaks a streak of bad luck and results after withdrawing from the Giro last season and only getting back to winning ways in July during the Circuito de Getxo.


"I still can't believe I won on such a mythical climb like this. It's been a really hard year for me and I took everything out of my heart for this victory. When problems like what happened to me come up, something that is not breaking a leg or an arm, it's hard to overcome. My mind did not let me give my best. I didn't have any energy left for the finale, but it was my mind which climbed through today. It's an honour for me to win in front of the Pantani monument. I was born on January 13 like him, and I'm sure he helped me a bit today. This is me, not the one you saw during the last one and a half years. All my team-mates and the staff were so happy for me because they know what I've gone through. [Team manager] Eusebio Unzué was always there supporting me and used to tell me a sentence I tried not to forget: 'The one who is strong will always remain strong'. I kept it on my mind for every single metre today. This is a proof of sacrifice paying off, giving you a reward sooner or later. I hope this victory to be a turning point in my career, because I'm the type of rider that works well with confidence. I hope not to be able to fight 'only' for national championships, but also other kinds of races."



Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

25 years | today
21 years | today
Justin DE HART
19 years | today
Bonijoe MARTIN
31 years | today
41 years | today