Ciccone outdueled Primož Roglič and Remco Evenepoel at the top of Vallter 2000
Giulio Ciccone claimed a stunning victory Tuesday during Stage 2 of Volta a Catalunya, out-sprinting Primož Roglič and Remco Evenepoel at the line after a daunting climb up Vallter 2000.
There was no time for his trademark victory celebration of throwing his 100% sunglasses to the crowd. The battle came right down to the line with Ciccone, Roglič (TJV) and Evenepoel (SQS) breaking away from the peloton and looking equally matched in the closing kilometers.
Ciccone took a perfect line around the final corner before powering towards the line with enough strength, in both body and mind, to hold off his powerhouse rivals.
All the feels ❤️
In Cicco's words
The bunch, led by Bahrain, was setting a really strong pace as soon as we approached the final climb and then [Esteban] Chaves attacked. In my mind, I only had the idea that I needed to follow Evenepoel and Roglic. I just followed their wheels waiting for the last 500 meters. A sprint with Remco and Primoz made this win really special, it is maybe one of the best wins my of my career.
After yesterday’s heavy crash of Dario, I promised the team today that I would do my best to win and dedicate it to him. Winning in this way has a special feeling and I really wish him all the best and that he recovers in the best way possible
In my last races I lost too many times, especially the one at Tirreno with Roglic. This time I was confident it could be a different outcome and I had very good feelings all day. At the end of the climb I was almost at my limit, but I wanted to play for the win for as long as I could. I don’t really know where I found the energy for this sprint but I just knew I really really wanted to win for the team today.
After yesterday’s heavy crash of Dario, I promised the team today that I would do my best to win and dedicate it to him.
For the moment, I want to enjoy this victory with my teammates and we’ll start to think about the GC from tomorrow. I feel good, the team is still strong even though we have lost Dario and now, unfortunately Kenny, but let’s see day by day.
I have Tirreno in my legs, I had to dig deep there, but we will try to see what we can do in terms of the GC here. I came here first to win a stage and I’ve done that and, as a result, I’m in a good position now. If I can fight for the GC, I’ll do it but I don’t want to start putting too much pressure on myself right now after just two stages.