Two races, two victories: super Sunday today for Bardiani-CSF. Giulio Ciccone has won the 79th edition of Giro dell’Appennino (Novi Ligure-Genova, 195 km) while Paolo Simion has won the sixth and final stage of Tour of Croatia (Samobor-Zagabria, 151 km), with teammate Mirco Maestri second. Thanks these two wins the road of the #GreenTeam to the Giro d’Italia came to the end in the best way possibile. For Ciccone the win at Giro dell’Appennino is the third success in three years among the pros, after the stages won at Giro d’Italia 2016 and Tour of Utah 2017. For Simion, pro-rider since 2015, is the first success. Bardiani-CSF can celebrate in one time the sixth and seventh success in the season. “Two wins in one day are an amazing result, but they didn’t came by chance” has Ciccone. “As team, we wanted to redeem a not good 2017 season and we racing well since the beginning of the season. Race by race we had a constant growth. We’ve earned confidence and now we’re bringing the fruits together”. “The race was really hard, both for the route both because everyone were expecting us, after the brilliant performance at Tour of the Alps. It was a key factor to make a super performance as team. We took the responsibility to manage the race and, just before the hardest climb, the Bocchetta, I played my chances. I attacked with Masnada and Antunes, we cooperated creating a enough gap between us and the peloton. In the finale I had to keep my head cold. The winner would be among us but I knew a wrong decision could be fatal. Masnada started a long sprint, I followed and the victory came. It was a perfect day, and now let’s focus on May, it will be an important month…” added Ciccone. “Today’s wins are a great satisfaction” said Simion from Croatia. “It’s an incredible boost of confidence, an important signal from the entire team. Work pays and we’re the proof. Two days ago Tonelli claimed a great win with a gutsy breakaway and a great teamwork. Today I did the same. Supporting and helping each other creates an add value for the team. This is the best way to represent our successes”. “When I turned pro, every season was useful to grow. As Under 23 I used to win a lot, so waiting three years to break the ice was not easy. On the other side, I knew that every season has been an evolution. I learned a lot and today I put into practice. I went in the breakaway with Maestri first of all to win intermediate sprints and so to defend the points jersey for Tonelli. Arrived in Zagreb circuit, we understand we could force again and to avoid the comeback of the peloton. We played the same tactic of Tour of Rhodes, that rewarded Mirco”. Last words came from Luca Bardiani, president of team’s title sponsor. “We’re proud of our guys. As team and sponsor, I want to dedicate this win in memory of Michele Scarponi, a champion who left a big hole in the hearts of cycling fans”.

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