Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var - Gianluca Brambilla: I was thinking of the stage not GC
Feb 22 2021 05:12 am CET

Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var - Gianluca Brambilla: I was thinking of the stage not GC
Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var - Gianluca Brambilla: I was thinking of the stage not GC
Trek-Segafredo

rek-Segafredo's Gianluca Brambilla has taken his first win in almost five years at the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, where he also took the GC win.

The Italian rider was part of the front group at the last stage of the Italian race and a late attack not only gave him the stage win but the victory of the entire race. The last time the rider raised his arms was in 2016, when he won the 15th stage of the Vuelta a España.

"It was a long time, since 2016, that I was waiting for a win," said Brambilla. "I want to thank the people in the team who have supported me in these times, especially when things have not gone as expected. I want to say thanks to John Burke (CEO Trek) and Luca Guercilena (GM Trek-Segafredo) that in the past year, they always believed in me. Even if something difficult happened, I always gave 100% and always 100% did my job. I think this was a way to pay them back.

"I know my role in the team is to be a domestique; this win does not change this. Today was an opportunity for myself, and the team, and we did a perfect job."

The Italian launched a late attack even if he had technical problems and managed to build a gap big enough for him to take both victories; of the stage and the General Classification. "I had a problem with my radio, I was without radio, so I had no info in the finale for time gaps," explained Brambilla. "Then (director) Greggy Rast came to me in the car and told me 'you have to give everything; you have to drop everyone if you want to go for the stage and GC.' I was thinking of the stage not GC.

"In the final K, I was really suffering. I knew behind they were pushing really hard to catch me. In the end it worked out for the win and overall."

It was a good day for Trek-Segafredo as Bauke Mollema -who won the first stage of the race- stepped onto the third position of the final podium.
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