Giuseppe Martinelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Diego Rosa refused to listen to team orders and gave up any chance of winning in Il Lombardia.
“I’ve only been this upset a few times in my life,” sports director Giuseppe Martinelli said. “If Rosa had listened to me, he would’ve won. You can’t throw away an occasion in that way. You can’t lose like that. I mean, you can lose, but not by miscalculating.”
Rosa bridged the gap entirely on his own to the leading trio of Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) and Romain Bardet (AG2R), despite dangling just behind them for what felt like an eternity. He marked his rivals over the final ramps through Bergamo’s high city and then played his hand on the ride into town with only Chaves and Urán for company.
“Diego should’ve not moved like he did. I told him,” Martinelli added. “He should have stayed in the wheels, both on the Selvino and in Bergamo Alta without even considering what happened in the final.
“In the last curve, he should have been in second position regardless of who was in front. It was clear the other two (Urán and Chaves] would help each other, it happened in the Giro d’Italia already this year … And instead, he went through first. A close second place in a monument is nothing to laugh at, but this makes me feel truly sick.”
“That attack at 1600 meters,” Diego Rosa told press. “That was useless. But I wasn’t the fastest and I had to play my hand, a surprise.
“I believed. I knew that Chaves was faster than me in a straight up sprint. I didn’t want to just lose stupidly. I knew that curve at 250 meters. Urán obviously closed the gap to me, but I don’t want to cause polemics. It happens, it’s normal. If I had made it through with two meters on them then it would’ve worked, instead, nothing.”
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