The Grand Prix of Lugano remains a favored target of Liquigas-Cannondale. After the success of Ivan Basso in 2011, now came the reply of Eros Capecchi, taking his first victory of the season (the fifth in his career) and grabbing the ninth win for Liquigas-Cannondale in 2012.
Capecchi was the clear winner in the Swiss due to a beautiful solo effort. The climber came to the last climb of the day, four kilometers from the finish, with thirty seconds of advantage over his immediate pursuers. In the final stretch of flat road, Capecchi also demonstrated an enviable condition, resisting the return of the chase group to cross the finish line solo and arms raised.
“It was a victory was sought and desired,” Capecchi said, “because I had collected positive signals at Laigueglia I was able to realize. The indications of the team were those of a stroke waiting until the last lap where I had been appointed to try the attack. The terrain was appropriate, it was necessary only to find the right time. At 100 meters from the brow with his head down and I started with the intention of creating a major gap. I knew I was feeling good and in the final kilometers I just had to hold on. Everything went the right way and I am very, very happy. “
“I want to dedicate this success to the team,” Capecchi added, “who has shown great confidence in myself and to my family and friends who do not ever leave me alone. Now I expect the Strade Bianchi and the Tirreno-Adriatico. At the stage race I’ll be present with an important team and in great condition. I’ll try to make my contribution and whether it will be possible to look for another success I shot back. Before this victory I felt at peace because the condition improved, they are now even more comfortable for having broken the ice I could not ask for better.”
Ivan Basso took a precautionary withdrawal from the race after 130 kilometers. The Varese, who already had a positive feeling in the morning, chose to honor the race but then decide, in consultation with management and Dr. Corsetti, to stop. “I expect major races that should help me to grow in the condition I could not run the risk of comprometterle” said Basso.