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Steve Morabito said Alessandro Ballan helped him on Thursday's mountainous stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Steve Morabito said Alessandro Ballan helped him on Thursday's mountainous stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Giro del Trentino, Stage 3: Morabito Excels

21. April 2011

Fai della Paganella, Italy

Steve Morabito rode to his second consecutive fourth-place finish Thursday at the Giro del Trentino to climb into fourth place overall with one stage remaining.

One Second From Third

Morabito said he tried to win the stage that finished with a steep climb. "But I chose the wrong wheel by starting the sprint in fifth position behind Domenico Pozzovivo," he said. "He opened a gap and I was not strong enough to close it and pass (third place finisher) Michele Scarponi." Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Geox-TMC) won the stage. Morabito is one second out of third and 34 seconds behind overall leader Scarponi. "Our objective tomorrow will be for Steve to get top three on the stage and earn a time bonus that can move him up on the GC," BMC Racing Team Assistant Sport Director Fabio Baldato said.