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Video: Malori on earning the Giro d'Italia leader's jersey

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
May 12, 2012, 15:12 BST,
Updated:
May 12, 2012, 16:10 BST
Edition:
Third Edition Cycling News, Saturday, May 12, 2012
Race:
Giro d'Italia
Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) enjoys his time on the podium

Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) enjoys his time on the podium

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The greatest day of my life, says Italian

After six days of "stranieri" (foreigners) wearing the pink jersey, as Ramunas Navardauskas succeeded inaugural time trial winner Taylor Phinney, Italian tifosi made a lot of noise to welcome new Giro d'Italia leader Adriano Malori in the charming town of Recanati at the start of stage 7. Italy's famous poet Giacomo Leopardi wrote "The Infinite" from that village overlooking the Adriatic coast from a hilltop.

It was a celebration of the greatness of Italian cycling but the 24-year-old Italian from Parma is well aware of the worldwide impact of the Giro d'Italia, so he kindly answered questions in English while attending "casa Gazzetta" – the booth of the sports newspaper printed in pink every day.

Malori made it clear that he wasn't going to defend the maglia rosa, as he considers today's uphill finish of Rocca di Cambio too steep for him. He hopes to keep the jersey within the Lampre-ISD team, however, as the squad's leaders Michele Scarponi and Damiano Cunego are both in contention for the overall victory in the Giro d'Italia.

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