Second place in a sprint started to launch a teammate. Leonardo Bonifazio demonstrates once again his determination, winning a good podium in the fourth stage of the Tour of Taihu Lake.

China, Tour of Taihu Lake, fourth stage. After 3 top10 for the #OrangeBlue it is time to get on the podium, thanks to the second place conquered in today’s sprint by Leonardo Bonifazio, to his second race as trainee with the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team.

A relatively short stage, just under 100km in a race, in a stage that once again sees the sprinters as protagonists. Final sprint set by the team for Imerio Cima, fourth and sixth on the last two stages and growing in condition after the troubled season due to injuries. The #OrangeBlue sprinter even today is not lucky, well positioned on the wheels of Leonardo Bonifazio is slowed down by a chain jump. It’s up to his team-mate Leonardo Bonifazio to play his cards in the sprint and close with a great second place.

These are the words of Leonardo Bonifazio after the finish line: “I’m happy on the podium but sorry for my team mate Imerio Cima, as I think he could have played the victory. We had indeed worked well, studying the movements and trying them on the occasion of the flying goals. In the final sprint I was in the wheel of Dylan Kennet and Imerio would then be found in a good position to play for the victory. However, I tried to play my chances but I had already taken too much air to be able to beat the Australian athlete who then won with merit. There are three steps left to continue to look for success and we will try again, I feel very good. ”

Leonardo Bonifazio made his debut as trainee of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team already last August at the GP de Fourmies, finishing with an excellent fourth place and entering a top 10 level. In his second experience with the team at Taihu Lake after helping his teammates in the sprint and also won a personal podium. Three stages at the end with other opportunities for him and the team looking for success.

1 KENNETT Dylan St. George Continental Cycling Team
2 BONIFAZIO Leonardo NIPPO – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini
3 LÓPEZ Daniel – Burgos-BH
4 MARECZKO Jakub Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia
5 FILOSI Iuri Delko Marseille Provence KTM