By Gregor Brown in Sondrio, Italy
CSF Group's Domenico Pozzovivo has added his opinion on Monday's Giro d'Italia time trial to the growing list. The stage has attracted a mix reaction, with some feeling worse for wear after the 12.9 kilometre, part gravel stage.
"It was a very hard course," said Pozzovivo. "The last kilometre floored me, it was really incredible."
The 25 year-old from Italy's south is currently 10th on general classification, seven places better than his Giro d'Italia debut last year. "My legs were really not going at the start to be honest, however, on the gravel I found a good rhythm," added Pozzovivo. "To hit a climb from zero is a lot harder for me than a tappone with lots of climbs."
The Plan de Corones mountain time trial topped off Pozzovivo's good run through Italy's Dolomites - including a 12th on the stage to Alpe di Pampeago Saturday and second on the stage to Passo Fedaia Sunday. His performance backed up Team CSF Group's good run so far in this Giro d'Italia, including a win by Matteo Priamo and two wins by Emanuele Sella, and strong performances from Fortunato Baliani and Julio Pérez.