Boswell content after Coppi

26 Mar 2017

Boswell content after Coppi

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Ian Boswell wrapped up sixth place overall on the final day at Coppi e Bartali and declared himself pleased with the four days of racing.

It was another wild day of action in Italy with numerous attacks splitting the peloton and Boswell made the eventual front group, coming home 10th in the same time as stage four winner Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie).

With the win the Frenchman snatched the overall title from Toms Skujins (Cannonade-Drapac) by just 16 seconds.

The team will leave Italy empty handed but, according to Boswell, that wasn’t for a lack of trying.

He said: "It was a unique race - it was full on all the time so it was fun for all of us. We were racing like juniors again - constantly attacking.

"We wanted to come away with a stage win so we planned to be aggressive today, and we were.  We jumped in moves at the beginning but a breakaway was never really established and it was kinda chaos all day - but it was fun. 

"On the final climb we tried to make something happen. I went into the front group but unfortunately I didn’t do much in the sprint.”
Ian Boswell

Ian Boswell

It was fun just to get back into racing. It’s been an up and down spring with illness.
Kenny Elissonde, Tao Geoghegan Hart and David Lopez were also in the thick of the action on the final day in Italy as they build up towards future races.

“It was good preparation for the races coming up," continued Boswell. "Myself and Tao have Pais-Vasco with Lopez next week so it’s nice preparation for that.

"For myself, it was fun just to get back into racing. It’s been an up and down spring with illness. I’m not at 100%, but I’m at a good level of fitness. It feels nice to be competitive in a race again."

Boswell’s longer-term target remains the Tour of California, which he plans to lead.

He added: "There’s Pais-Vasco and a couple of other races in between, but I’m building up nicely towards California. Everything’s on track at the moment."
Elia Viviani's third place on day one was our best result in Italy

Elia Viviani's third place on day one was our best result in Italy