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2010 Giro dell’Appennino
Sunday, April 25th, Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia) won the 71st Giro dell’Appennino beating Domenico Pozzovivo (fresh off his win at the Giro del Trentino) in a two man sprint; third place went to Alessandro Bertolini.
Elite pulled off this hat trick with the three riders from their respective teams: Team Liquigas Doimo, Colnago–CSF Inox and Androni Giocattoli, which are the three most outstanding teams wearing the colours of the Elite group. For the young Croatian talent riding for Team Liquigas Doimo this is his first victory as a pro. Let’s have a closer look at the young Croatian talent.
An important success at the tender age of 23?
I’m very happy that I’ve broken the ice among the professionals. And I can only be grateful to the team for the faith they’ve shown in me: I knew I was doing well and they supported me splendidly. I’d like to think that this is going to be the first of many more successes. In these years I’ve worked hard to make it onto an important team like Liquigas-Doimo and now I just want to focus on getting better.
At the Giro dell’Appennino you proved to be strong on climbs and in the sprint; what kind of rider are you?
As far as physical and character traits I’m purely a climber. I like up-hills, terrain where I can best express my capabilities. If I find myself having to sprint with another climber, like I did yesterday with Pozzovivo, I know I am faster. I like to scat, get up on the pedals and accelerate. This is a weapon that helps me make a difference in the final moments and on climbs. I’m also blessed with good resistance that allows me to face stage races and put in a good performance.
You’re lucky enough to be riding in one of the strongest groups on the International scene next to great champions like Ivan Basso, Franco Pellizotti, Roman Kreuziger and Vincenzo Nibali. What do you think, is this an advantage?
It’s a great advantage! By observing them I can learn a lot: racing strategy, vision of the race and energy management. I also went on a high altitude retreat with them which gave me important tips for training. When I ride next to them I always try to “steal” with my eyes and every occasion is a great opportunity to learn something new. I can only be happy that there are so many champions on the team.
What are your goals for the 2010 season?
I’m at Liquigas-Doimo to help my captain in the most important events. I’m working very hard to gain their trust as well as the technicians’ trust. My goal is to be ready whenever I’m called to duty for the team, whether it be as support or going for the prize. I don’t set specific objectives other than to be dedicated and work hard to continue growing.
This is your first victory as a pro, but what is the race you most dream of winning?
I have a lot of dreams tucked away: winning a major Giro, winning a classic for climbers…Only time will tell how far I can go. With each passing year I get better and better and I’m gaining confidence in my abilities. As of now, though, rather than thinking about the future I prefer to live in the present without too many distractions. I want to keep my feet firmly on the ground: the road to success is still long and winding.
Rezultat Giro dell’Appennino 2010
1. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 4:26:19
2. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox
3. Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:29
4. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD – Neri
5. Damiano Caruso (Ita) De Rosa – Stac Plastic
6. Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
7. Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche
8. Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg – Corratec
9. Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
10. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Carmiooro NGC