Tirreno-Adriatico, Giulio Ciccone chews bitterly but promises battle

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For Giulio Ciccone, placing is not enough

Mocked at the finish line in Sassotetto by Primoz Roglic (new leader of the general classification) in Friday’s stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Giulio Ciccone did not hide his disappointment, though he promised battle for Saturday.

“The disappointment was strong,” are Ciccone’s words, picked up by ‘Tuttobiciweb,’ “because the leg was there and the victory missed by a very small margin. With a cool mind, and especially looking at who beat me, however, I accept the result with more serenity.”

“My attack before the last kilometer served to break the balance,” said the 28-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider again, “as a push for Mas’s spurt that caught Caruso. In retrospect, I could contribute and follow up the action. In addition, because of the wind, the signs signaling the meters to the finish were also missing and I had no reference until the last corner.”

As for Saturday’s stage, Ciccone finally promised battle: “There is a very short ranking, surely something will happen: we will also be in the game.”

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