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..when Damiano Cunego took the first of his six Giro d'Italia overall victories?
Remember when...

Category: ManGame (Giro d'Italia 2007, ProTour)

Damiano Cunego and the Giro: that's a perfect and long lasting marriage (in the ManGame). A living legend, the 'Little Prince' wrote history by winning the maglia rosa five consecutive times from 2007 to 2011 (adding his sixth title in 2014). And for a short recap, of how it all began..

Spending the 2007 campaign with Lampre, Cunego had two big competitors in Danilo Di Luca/Astana and Gilberto Simoni/Caisse d'Epargne.. entering the third week as 2nd behind Di Luca, Cunego then slipped into pink with his first stage-win up the 'Tre Cime di Lavaredo' - eventually gaining more than a minute on Di Luca. A key moment for his way to glory.. just as 24h later, where he attacked the leading group on a less brutal stage, to finish the stage with another minutes-gap on the former race leader: "He knows he may have just won the Giro with today's move" (SportingNonsense, race-reporter).

Two stage-wins, adding the KoM-honours as the best young rider and - most important - defending pink until the end: Damiano Cunego set the first piece of his epic Giro history. One of the biggest legends in (now) more than nine years of ManGame madness.

 

Cunego 2007

Comments
#1 | timpiej on 04. September 2017 11:46
I remember him having top stats in cycling manager 4 (2004) and after that it only went downwards.

Little error though, your first sentence has 'Damania Cunego'. Did his wife also win the giro six times or is that a typo? Grin
#2 | tsmoha on 04. September 2017 12:24
Thanks for the hint! Fixed.
#3 | fjhoekie on 04. September 2017 17:26
Damiano is a hero, not only for the ProTour teams that enjoyed having him, but also for me as PCT-team. Making my very mediocre team promote shows the absolute class this amazing rider had, and perhaps he can still aid a CT team to glory next season. Smile
#4 | SotD on 06. September 2017 09:40
This is nice... Well done tsmoha!

I don't remember the first two wins not being in the game at that time, but I definately remember his fights for the win. His rival, Danilo Di Luca became his team mate at one point also... La Gazzette dello Sport I think the team was called, and they also have Daniele Bennati, Mauro Santambrogio and Enrico Gasparotto amongst others. They absolutely killed the Giro at one point.
#5 | Aquarius97 on 11. September 2017 23:18
And now Cunego is on my team! Incredible to have such as MG legend
#6 | baseballlover312 on 17. September 2017 03:56
Just having such a legend on your team is an awesome experience regardless of results. Boonen's results weren't great last year, but his presence has been special in itself.
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