With one day left of the 2016 Giro d’Italia it’s safe to say that Sam Bewley has had a Giro he’s not going to forget anytime soon. He has been a pillar of support for teammate Esteban Chaves who is looking at his greatest ever GC finish with second in the Giro d’Italia. After stage 20 Bewley took some time to chat to RoadCycling.
RC: first of all tell us a bit about the experience of contending for, and then defending, the pink jersey. The work the team has put in for Esteban over these three weeks has been great to watch, but what’s it been like to ride?
Sam: It’s Been a great experience and something new for most of us; to do 3 weeks and barely miss a beat. We didn’t make any mistakes and we worked our asses off every day for this result it’s pretty special.
RC: what were the emotions like in the team yesterday after taking the maglia rosa?
Sam: It was special. We knew we had a job to do today but we enjoyed the moment yesterday. Esteban is a passionate guy and we are a passionate team so it was emotional and we enjoyed it.
RC: Talk us through the stage today and what your role in the day’s racing was.
Sam: Today was a hard day; short but so much climbing. We played it by ear a bit as some things are out of our control be we rode smart, we didn’t need to ride hard when the break went and that allowed me to save some energy and dig deep over the big climb and help Esteban until the final climb.
RC: What will you take away from this Giro d’Italia?
Sam: Pride. We showed we are team that can win a grand tour and when you reflect on this month we did a something special. So I take away pride and huge amount of belief.
RC: Would you consider this Giro a major turning point in the way Orica GreenEDGE approaches grand tours now?
Sam: Esteban showed in the Vuelta [last year] he can win a grand tour. This Giro was another huge step. We will fight again