“It’s a great satisfaction” said the Italian rider
Mirco Maestri won the points classification of 2019 Tirreno-Adriatico wearing the Oranmge jersey on the final podium in San Benedetto del Tronto.
In the first World Tour race of the season, Bardiani-CSF immediately got a prestige victory.
Maestri went 4 out of 5 stages in the breakaway winning the deserved jersey in front of Yates and Alaphilippe.
“This jersey is a huge satisfaction” said Maestri, who covered 650 km in the breakaway. “It’s a very important success both for me both for the team. I needed a lot of grit to wear this shirt. It’s the symbol of our way to race: being in the front and attack. We well know l that, in such important races, we have to fight every day to carve out our space. This shirt repays all the efforts. And I hope also the trust of our sponsors, Bardiani and CSF firs of all, who always support us with great passion “.
In the 2017 Race of the Two Seas Maestri got closed to conquest the same jersey. “I conquered 40 points, always thanks to intermediate sprints, but I had to fight with a stratospheric Peter Sagan who beat me by two points. At the end of the race he present me the shirt, with a special dedication: C’mon Mirco, next one is yours. It was a good omen… ”
Maestri, born in 1992 in the province of Reggio Emilia, became professional rider in 2016 with the #GreenTeam. He achieved two successes in his career so far, stage and final classification at 2018 Tour of Rhodes. He already has two jerseys in his personal palmares: the points one at 2018 Tour of Rhodes and the KoM at 2017 Tour of Turkey.
For the Bardiani-CSF is the second jersey won in the six appearances in the Race of the Two Seas, after the green one of the mountain won by Canola in 2015.