Domenico Pozzovivo: Giro d’Italia’s rugged road to Potenza could spring surprises

When Domenico Pozzovivo was left without a team at the end of the last season following the demise of Qhubeka-NextHash, he had one thought to sustain him through that dark winter: a sunny day amid the hills of his native Basilicata, with fresh tarmac beneath his wheels and his home fans cheering from the roadside.

That day arrives on Friday. When the Giro d’Italia reaches Potenza on the deceptively-demanding stage 7, Pozzovivo will be in the gruppo, but in the opening weeks of this year, the thought fan seemed seemciful. Until Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert threw him a lifeline in February, the 39-year-old from Montalbano Jonico feared his career had ended.

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