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Roche finishes 26th at Giro del Trentino

Posted 20 April 2012

By Cillian Kelly,

Nicolas Roche has finished in 26th place overall at the Giro del Trentino after completing the final stage on the summit finish of the Passo Pordoi 2’44” behind stage winner Darwin Atapuma (Colombia-Coldeportes).

For Roche, it was a similar day to yesterday's Stage Three as he reached the foot of the final 11km climb as part of a peloton which had been whittled down greatly over the previous 166 mountainous kilometres.

While Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) battled up front to decide the overall honours, Roche dug deep to limit his losses.

Ultimately, it was Pozzovivo who emerged victorious as he finished just six seconds down on stage winner Atapuma to claim the overall victory. Cunego conceded a further 11 seconds to Pozzovivo on the stage and had to content himself with second place overall.

Roche completed the race over 9'27" behind Pozzovivo. The combination of the team time trial and three hard hilly stages will prove crucial to his preparation for his future goals. His AG2R-La Mondiale als had cause to be satisifed as the Frenchman Hubert Dupont ended the race in seventh place overall.

Roche’s next assignment is Sunday’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege where he will join Irish riders Dan Martin (Garmin-Barracuda) and Matt Brammeier (Omega Pharma Quickstep) on the starting line. The race is the oldest and one of the toughest of the one-day classics.

Results Stage 4 Giro del Trentino (177.5km)

1. Darwin Atapuma (Colombia-Coldeportes) 4:37:03
2. Carlos Betacur (Acqua e Sapone) at 3 seconds
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF) Inox at 6 seconds
4. Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 17 seconds
5. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) s.t.
6. Jose Rujano (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) at 21 seconds
7. Hubert Dupont (AG2R-La Mondiale) at 30 seconds
8. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Team Astana) at 1 minute 6 seconds
9. Miguel Angel Chavez (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) at 1 minute 20 seconds
10. Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) at 1 minute 27 seconds

25. Nicolas Roche (AG2R-La Mondiale) at 2 minutes 44 seconds

Final General Classification 

1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) 12:57:47
2. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) at 40 seconds
3. Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 1 minute 4 seconds
4. Carlos Betacur (Acqua e Sapone) at 1 minute 42 seconds
5. Jose Rujano (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) at 2 minutes 7 seconds
6. Roman Kreuziger (Team Astana) at 2 minutes 33 seconds
7. Hubert Dupont (AG2R-La Mondiale) at 2 minutes 34 seconds
8. Darwin Atapuma (Colombia-Coldeportes) at 3 minutes 55 seconds
9. Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing) at 4 minutes 1 second
10. Mathias Frank (BMC Racing) at 4 minutes 5 seconds

26. Nicolas Roche (AG2R-La Mondiale) at 9 minutes 27 seconds

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