By Gregor Brown in Joigny
Filippo Pozzato, winner of the 2006 Milano-Sanremo and this year's Het Volk, is eyeing Tour de France stage five to Autun, a 182.5-kilometre run that includes eight categorised climbs. The Italian has reason to believe given his condition that has already been shown.
"Up until now it has been going well but seemingly a little slow. We will see how it goes. Tomorrow, will be good for me," he stated to Cyclingnews on Wednesday morning in Villers-Cotterêts. The stage ends with a category three climb at 8.5 kilometres to go.
"I will tell you how it goes tomorrow night. I think it will be a stage to control because everyone will want to go into an escape but we will try to control it so that it arrives in a sprint. A sprint from a small group."
'Pippo' showed his form by his violent acceleration in stage 2 to Gent. He moved up in the last section from tenth to third behind winner Gert Steegmans (Quickstep-Innergetic). "Right now I am just looking for today and tomorrow, but also stage 12 looks good." Look for Pozzato's victory salute in Autun on Thursday afternoon.