Filippo Pozzato of Katusha won stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia. His win was special for personal reasons. “This win is special because the Giro is special to me. It’s the race I went to watch with my father. I’m having a difficult time but I won’t say more about that, it’s personal. But I’ve won with my heart.”said the Italian. Another reason for his victory to be special is the fact that it is the first individual stage won by an Italian rider in the Giro.
This year’s race was a first in the corsa rosa wherein the tifosi waited until stage 12 for an Italian to emerge as victor. Although, Liquigas-Doimo did win the team time trial.
Pozzato shares his momentous experience. “At the one kilometre mark, I expected an attack by Thomas Voeckler but not by Nibali and Vinokourov. On the last climb before the finish, I moved up to the front. I thought it was too far out to go on the attack but then Failli went and it created a small group. I went with them when I saw Basso and Nibali going across. To be up there with overall contenders was the best situation for me.”
Sadly, Pozzato won’t be defending his road race title on June 27. The event will take place near his hometown, in Treviso. “It’s a painful decision but last year I did 110 days of racing and I never reached the level I wanted. Initially I didn’t plan to finish the Giro but I’ll do it to respect of the ‘tricolore’ jersey. After that I won’t take part in the Tour de Suisse, the Italian championship and the Tour de France. I’ll take a good rest and will use the Vuelta as a preparation for the world championship.”