Ancona (AN), March 2, 2015 – Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia got off to an excellent start, taking a fine third place with Paolo Ciavatta at the GP Izola in Slovenia on Sunday. The Italian continental team directed by team manager Ivan De Paolis took its first podium this season in the third race of the year.
Paolo Ciavatta, who was part of the five-man break that animated the race, crossed the finish line in third place, 1’10” behind the winner, Gregor Muhlberger (Team Felbermayr) of Austria, and Primoz Roglic (Adria Mobil) of Slovenia, who took second. The group followed at 1’14”, with Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) coming in fourth and Maksym Averin (Synergy Baku) fifth.

With this performance, Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia has shown that it aims to stake its claim again in 2015 as one of the strongest and most reliable of the Italian continental teams. “We started carefully, aware that there is still much to do, but we worked very hard,” said team manager Ivan De Paolis. “The results have not been slow in coming. Ciavatta was very good, and this podium gives our whole team confidence and morale to continue working with the highest level of commitment. Last year here in Slovenia we came in second, and this year we are third, which means the quality of our team has been confirmed.”

“Paolo perfectly executed the race tactics that we planned,” said sports director Massimo Codol. “Two weeks ago in the race in Porec, the riders who got into the break managed to reach the finish, so it was important to be present in the right break. The route of the GP Izola lends itself to a sprint finish, but the five escapees, including our Ciavatta, managed to gain a considerable advantage, of more than six minutes, on the peloton. Behind, strong teams like Unieuro and Mg.K Vis tried to organize the chase to reel in the break, but it was too late. The escapees worked together until the end, and then in the last 10 kilometers, when the five riders in the break still had a margin of approximately three minutes, the hostilities commenced that decided the race. But Paolo hung on until the end and took an excellent placing behind the first two, who fought it out for the win.”

Next races for Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia: GP Nobili Rubinetterie (19/03) and Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali (26-29/03).