Pozzovivo making up for lost ground at Ruta del Sol after last-minute signing

OTURA SPAIN FEBRUARY 18 Jan Bakelants of Belgium Hailu Biniam Girmay of Eritrea Kobe Goossens of Belgium Barnabas Pek of Hungary Domenico Pozzovivo of Italy Taco Van Der Hoorn of Netherlands Tho Delacroix of France and Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux during the team presentation prior to the 68th Vuelta A Andalucia Ruta Del Sol 2022 Stage 3 a 1532km stage from Lucena to Otura 68RdS on February 18 2022 in Otura Spain Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Domenico Pozzovivo joined Intermarché after the collapse of Qhubeka-NextHash (Image credit: Getty Images)

In some ways it was the most predictable of scenes at the stage 2 start of the Ruta del Sol outside the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team bus, as with half an hour to go, there was a sudden clacking and clattering of race shoes on the bus stairs and their seven riders taking part emerged into the sunlight, clambered on their bikes and swung away for the sign-on.

So far, so normal. But for one of the seven, Domenico Pozzovivo, just taking part in the race represents the best possible solution to his dire predicament last December, when his previous Qhubeka squad finally confirmed they were folding.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.