Giro dell’Appennino: Antunes back to podium form

Amaro Antunes got back to his great climbing form, as he finished 2nd in 1.1 Italian, mountainous race, Giro dell’Appennino.

Info: April 22nd, Serravalle – Genova, 194,8km

Course:  hilly

Mateusz Taciak made his presence known in the race, by attacking early and getting into the 7-man breakaway. They established nearly 5-minute advantage over the bunch. After some difficulties located in the first part of the course, the gap dropped to 2:30 and the escape was reduced to just three riders. Initially Taciak made the cut, but eventually was dropped on the longest climb of the day, Bocchetta. This was also were Amaro Antunes launched the decisive attack, alongside Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) and Fauso Masnada (Androni – Sidermec – Bottecchia).

In the tough, hilly terrain the trio extended their gap and arrived to the finishing meters with a comfortable lead. It was all decided in a three-man uphill sprint. Ciccone was the strongest in that battle, while Antunes finished in 2nd place.

I feel much better after my health issues earlier in the week, so I’m very happy with this 2nd place. It was very important for my morale and I needed it for motivation. On the last stages of Tour of the Alps I decided to take it easy, to fully recovery. Now I see that it paid off – Antunes explains. 

Team was great today, as they provided me with support and kept believing in me. They assured me that I’m capable of delivering good result today.