EOLO-KOMETA Team (Italy) - Press Release: It’s not a dream. Everything is really happening. Everything has really happened. Davide Bais won. EOLO KOMETA has won. And he did it his way: against all expectations, with the man no one expected, on top of a mountain in the snow and cold, after a breakaway that lasted more than 200 kilometers. Davide Bais won, marvelous on the finish line of Campo Imperatore there where Marco Pantani had triumphed, achieving his first success as a professional on the most important stage. Stage, climbers’ blue jersey, and this already beautiful Giro d’Italia became unforgettable. And it is all beautiful, starting from the end: from Davide’s first words, who a moment after winning dedicated his success “to a comrade who is fighting a very difficult battle: Arturo Gravalos, this is for you.“
It is difficult, really difficult to chronicle today’s stage because it could be summed up in two lines: the breakaway with Bais, Karel Vacek (Corratec Selle Italia) and Simone Petilli (Intermarché Circus Wanty) went away after very few kilometers. No one thought it would make it to the end, but the lead of the three grew to more than 11 minutes: the finish line was approaching, and the expected reaction of the peloton never came. The three escapees came to play for the dream of a lifetime, with Bais doing a great job of pulling away from everyone in a sprint that never had any history.