The Pampeago is a climb that Domenico Pozzovivo knows well, having won on it in 2010 – when the race was still known as the Giro del Trentino – and he is hoping to shine on it once again. The 35-year-old believes that it will also force some definitive cracks between the GC contenders.
The ascent is the third of three classified climbs during stage 2 and averages close to 10 per cent over its 7.7 kilometres. It saves its toughest gradients for the second half with a maximum slope of 15 per cent. It has also featured in the Giro d’Italia on multiple occasions with Marco Pantani and Pavel Tonkov among those who have tasted victory on the climb.
“I hope that I will have good legs. I’ve already won on this finish so if I feel good then I will try something,” Pozzovivo told Cyclingnews. “It is a very steep climb. It is one of the steepest in the region. I think in the last four kilometres then we will see a big difference between the contenders in the general classification.”
There will be plenty to play for on stage 2 with most of the general classification riders crossing the line within a few seconds of each other. Pozzovivo sits just 20 seconds back from stage 1 winner and current leader Pello Bilbao. He was one of just three riders that were able to react to an attack from pre-race favourite Chris Froome but says that the Serrada climb was not a full representation of how the others are going.
“It was a long climb, not too steep, but the pace was quite hard from the start. At the finish, when Froome attacked, I tried to follow his wheel and I was in pretty good condition,” Pozzovivo said. “In the final, I knew that it wasn’t so suited to me but I raced in the wheel and it is good for me to be on the same time. For tomorrow, I think it is better for me.
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