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Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Report

News & Results

03/26/2007| 0 comments
by PJ Rabice
Freire, Davis and Boonen on the podium in San Remo, Italy.
Freire, Davis and Boonen on the podium in San Remo, Italy.

Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Report

Allan Davis finishes 2nd at legendary Milan - San Remo one-day race.

Team Discovery Channel rider Allan Davis was a late signing to the squad but wasted no time in showing his worth as he scored one of the biggest results of his career in Italy on Saturday. At approximately 182 miles in length, the historic Milan San Remo one-day race has always been one of attrition that awards those who conserve the most energy. Team Discovery?s Davis showed just how good he was at conserving energy, displaying a strong kick to the finish that placed him second on the day behind three-time world champion, Oscar Freire and ahead of 2006 World Champion Tom Boonen.

 

Assistant Sports Director Sean Yates was impressed with the entire Team?s performance stating, ?When you have six of your eight-man team in the front group as you close in on the finish you know the boys have put in a good effort.   Allan was looked after all day by the guys and did a great job of saving himself for the final. Popo was equally as impressive, getting away twice in the final 15 miles of the race and putting a lot of pressure on the other Team?s. Obviously a win would have been great but we were all very excited with second place.?

 

Davis, known as a fast finisher, had marked this race as one of his 2007 objectives and was very happy with the outcome at day?s end. ?I have never had so many teammates around me at the end of a World Cup race. The Team was incredible and having the guys there at the end gave me extra motivation.   Popovych was incredibly strong at the end of the race and helped to get me in a great position in the final kilometers of the race. After that it was up to me,? commented Davis. About the final sprint and his second place finish Davis stated, ?With 300 m to go I started my sprint and as I got up to speed Freire popped out of the line in front of me. I got on his wheel but he was just too strong to get around.   I would have loved the win but second at Milan - San Remo is still a great result and one of my career highlights. I hope to keep my good form going and am looking forward to the upcoming Ardennes Classics.?

Following the final standings at Milan San Remo, the third Pro Tour race of the 2007 season, Team Discovery?s Alberto Contador still remains atop the overall UCI Pro Tour rankings. Team Discovery is racing in Spain this week at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.

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