With a brilliantly timed attack in the finale, Katusha Team’s Luca Paolini won Stage 3 of the 2013 Giro d’Italia in Marina d’Ascea on his new Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Paolini’s victory at the Giro is the first Grand Tour stage win for the new Canyon Ultimate CF SLX., which was introduced at Eurobike 2012. “We are really proud of Luca Paolini and his great win in Italy”, said Canyon’s team coordinator Andreas Walzer. “He showed exceptional tactics to win the stage and take the Maglia Rosa and we are confident that Katusha Team has the machines to fully support their ambitions in the Giro d’Italia.”
Paolini also captured the race lead and donned the Maglia Rosain Marina d’Ascea. At 36 years old, it is incredible to think that this is the first Giro d’Italia for Katusha’s Italian classics specialist Luca Paolini. “I was always in teams that wanted me to do the Tour or else I did the Vuelta to prepare for the Worlds, so I’m happy this year I got selected to ride the Giro,” Paolini said. “I rode this stage like a classic. We had a good TTT on Stage 2 and so I knew I could take pink if I won. I attacked at the right time and once I got a gap, I knew I could take the Maglia Rosa if I won the stage. It’a a dream come true for me!”
Paolini picked-up his 15th career victory, certainly the biggest win of his career. When the race exploded in the last 25km, Paolini stayed focused, explaining “I really suffered on the climb, but I didn’t respond to the attacks, but just rode at my now pace. When the moment was right, I made my attack when it counted. I knew there was a little climb near the finish and know I can descend pretty well, so I just went for it. I think It’s the best day of my career.”
Paolini dedicated the win to his father, explaining “My father was in hospital today for a minor operation and so this pink jersey is for him.” Luca Paolini and Katusha Team will work hard to defend the Italian’s Maglia Rosa for as long as possible. At 246km, Tuesday’s Stage 4 from Policastro to Serra San Bruno is one of the longest of this year’s Giro with a gradual 10km climb to the finish.