Lopez, Pozzovivo see Tour of the Alps podium as launch pad for Giro d'Italia

Miguel Lopez (Astana) with Pozzovivo and Pinot

Domenico Pozzovivo ( Bahrain-Merida ) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) went on the attack with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) on the final climb of the final stage of the Tour of Alps but were unable to put the Frenchman in difficulty and had to settle for second and third place on the final podium. The two both finished 15 seconds back on Pinot but the Italian was officially second due to better stage placings. Like Pinot, both proved they are on track for the Giro d'Italia. Lopez won the mountain stage to Alpe di Pampeago, while Pozzovivo used his climbing prowess and tactical experience to comfortable control Chris Froome's attack on stage 4 to Leinz. Lopez was especially aggressive on the Olympia climb that will feature in the Innsbruck World Road Race Championships. He attacked on the second trip up the fast 7.8km climb in a clear attempt to test Pinot ...

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