Moreno Moser led Cannondale’s fight for a stage victory at the Giro d’Italia on the long road to Pinerolo but he again came up short, beaten by the Etixx-QuickStep duo of Matteo Trentin and Gianluca Brambilla.
“E’ una grande beffa (a sick joke),” Moser said just seconds after crossing the line, still stunned at how victory had slipped his grasp.
“There’s not much I can say. I was watching Brambilla and then I saw Trentin flash by at 20 metres to go, and there was nothing I could do.
“This was a huge chance for me, perhaps one of the biggest in my life to win a stage at the Giro d’Italia. I didn’t know that Trentin was coming back up to us. I’d lost my radio. For sure my directeur sportif would have told me but I couldn’t hear anything because my radio had slipped out.”
Moser revealed he has recently moved to Monte Carlo to leave the Moser family home. A stage victory at the Giro d’Italia could have been a turning point in his career but he was outmanoeuvred and beaten by Etixx-QuickStep.
“I’m sorry, really sorry it didn’t work out,” Moser said. “This was a unique occasion for me. I’d managed to start things well by getting in the break. I felt good, and me and Brambilla rode well together. It was a similar situation to the finish in Arezzo (when Moser was third behind Brambilla after going on the attack together). He was better that day but, this time, I managed to stay with him I think I could have beaten him.”
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