Thursday 26 April 2018

Cycling: Roche leaves spat in past to hail Gadret's Giro stage win

Nicolas Roche Photo: Getty Images
Nicolas Roche Photo: Getty Images

Gerard Cromwell

John Gadret launched a perfectly timed late attack on stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia to take the biggest victory of his career yesterday on the uphill finish in Castelfidaro.

The Frenchman is best known here for a much-publicised spat with his Ag2r La Mondiale team leader Nicolas Roche at last year's Tour de France when he refused to give up his wheel for the Dubliner after he punctured on a climb -- Roche wrote in his Tour diary for the Irish Independent that he wanted to "put his head through the window of the team bus".

But Roche nonetheless led the tributes to Gadret yesterday.

Not riding the Giro, Roche watched the finish from his training camp in Montgenevre and said: "It was a great win and I was excited to see him put his hands in the air. It's great for the team. Yes, he f'***d me up at the Tour, but I said what I had to say at the time. I am very happy for him today."


Gadret bided his time in the peloton yesterday as they closed in on the remnants of a breakaway group in the final kilometres.

The lead group had long since split under the pressure of constant attacks in the final 20km and with just two kilometres to go, all but Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar) and Daniel Moreno of the Katusha team were reeled in.

The pressure proved too much for Konovalovas on the incline and with 700m remaining, Moreno was left to fend for himself.

Gadret waited until the steepest part of the finishing climb before attacking the chase group with 400m to go, storming to the biggest victory of his career ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez and Giovanni Visconti. Race leader Alberto Contador retained his pink jersey in fifth.

Gadret's win moved him up to 12th place overall, 2'35" behind Contador. Ireland's Philip Deignan lost 2'54" on the climb to the finish and is 90th overall.

Irish Independent

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