The Team Colpack Ballan wins the Giro d’Italia Under 23 with Juan Ayuso. It is an important first time for the fellowship of the Team Manager Antonio Bevilacqua and President Beppe Colleoni. This is the 23rd victory of the season and the 9th for Ayuso.
These are the first words of the winner: “It was the first time I participated in a stage race so long and of such a high level. I’m happy because I felt good for all 10 days. It was a great experience for me. Now I’m waiting for the transition to professionalism (debut at the Giro dell’Appennino), but I have to thank the Colpack Ballan family that welcomed me in Almè and treated me like a son, and my family that came to Italy to cheer me”.
Ayuso tells other details about the race: “The most difficult moment? Definitely the time trial when my saddle dropped. I understood that it was done after the 7th stage”.
First of the Italians with his 6th place Alessandro Verre. “Finally the Giro is over, even if I still feel good. Maybe from tomorrow I will feel the fatigue, but today I am adrenaline. For me it was a particular Giro, which gave us many emotions. I understood many things and now I feel like a more mature rider. I have to say that I enjoyed it too.”
Ayuso and his teammates dominated the pink race and highlighted the winning characteristics of the different Cinelli bikes they used. The Pressure for the sprinters, thanks to its aerodynamic shape and stiffness, and the Superstar, appreciated by the GC riders for its lightness and reactivity, in a very special Peso Piuma version, with a lightened rear carriage, extra-large pulley and super-light custom paintwork.
After the victory, a wonderful party at the headquarters of Team Colpack Ballan to celebrate this great triumph, which enters by right in the trophy cabinet of the most beautiful trophies in the history of Cinelli.
Besides the riders, the management and the main sponsors, also the President of the Italian Cycling Federation Cordiano Dagnoni and the Vice President Norma Gimondi joined the celebrations.
An unforgettable day!