The queen stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, reduced from 175 to 160 kilometers due to a delicate situation in Vall d’Ebo, has just concluded at the feared peak of the Alto de Miserat. In the scattered finishes behind the winner Brandon McNulty, Team Polti Kometa showed up with two top-20s: Paul Double placed eleventh and Davide Piganzoli sixteenth. The squad led by Stefano Zanatta is the top-ranked ProTeam at today’s finish.
The day’s script followed predefined patterns: a breakaway of seven riders surviving four KOMs, the chase crystallizing at the foot of the final ascent, the tight battle on the steep streets and under the splendid Spanish sky. On the eve of the final parade in Valencia, which won’t be easy with the Frontera climb halfway through, GC sees Double in 11th place, 1 minute and 11 seconds behind the yellow jersey and only 13 seconds behind the top-10.
“The guys did their best against the WorldTeams ahead of us,” comments sports director Zanatta. “Paul and Piga had a good climb, also placed in the right position by their teammates. We’re at the end of a good week and we’re confident for tomorrow’s final stage.”
So, let’s hear what the two team leaders have to say here in Valencia.
Double: “On very tough gradients, we expressed a solid condition and gave it our all to fight for the overall top-10. Quite a nice stage, tomorrow we’ll do our best to finish well.”
Piganzoli: “It’s been a hard race. We stayed together and managed to take an optimal position on the Alto de Miserat, which is really tough. Everyone did their own rhythm and we got nice results.”