Heading into the race’s final climb, with the rain pouring down on the roads around Bolzano, Sivakov’s overall lead looked to be in the balance. That was when Froome came to the front and took control.
“I’d be lying if I said it was completely under control!” he laughed. “There was definitely a few moments in the final when it could have gone either way, especially as the breakaway went into the last climb with over six minutes on us. We really had to step up and chase and pull back some time to make sure the jersey stayed on Pavel’s shoulders.”
This was Froome’s third race of the season and he believes he is now “on track” for July. He missed the UAE Tour and suffered an unfortunate crash at the Volta a Catalunya, but after a training camp in Tenerife ahead of the Tour of the Alps, Froome is feeling better and better, as demonstrated in northern Italy.
“I’m definitely feeling better and I feel as if I’m on track for July. I’m where I need to be. Hopefully I can build on this momentum now and have a good race at the Tour de Yorkshire next week and then on to the Dauphine before the Tour.”