GUALDO TADINO: Matej Mohorič won an amazing and beautiful stage, the longest in the Giro d’Italia. The stage which gave the first big twist with the goodbye to the pink dreams of the small and smiling Esteban Chaves.
After the smile of the Etna volcano, the tears. A merciless reflection immediately after the finish line. “This is the Giro. A few days ago it was one of the best days, now it’s really hard for the mood. This is the life. I had no strength in my legs, I could not stay with the best cyclists on the first hill. At a certain point, we had returned to a minute of detachment, then there was nothing to do”.
A bitter leaving, that leads the Dutch Tom Dumoulin and the transalpine Thibaud Pinot to advance and occupy the provisional podium respectively on the 2nd and 3rd place in the ranking.
Dumoulin, the most complete rider of this Giro, is very advantaged. He is very competitive also in the uphill stages, despite its ninety meter in height.
Yates, up to now, is the strongest, he rides a bycycle so easily as if he did not feel the chain. Etna and Campo Imperatore have left everyone speechless considering the performance of the English cyclist. If these are the premises, the Giro d’Italia 2018 starts to become a great match. Also the teams affect the results, of course, and from this point of view Yates is unquestionably more equipped.
And however: finally the Giro begins. The preliminaries are officially closed. It becomes a serious thing. It’s what we really wanted. What Italy deserves. If Froome and Aru return to dress as superheroes, then there will be to sit comfortable in the armchair to enjoy all the stages of this Giro101. At SportPlusHealth we also support Domenico Pozzovivo, but we prefer him to surprise us.
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1 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain – Merida 6:04:52
2 Nico Denz (GER) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:00:00
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:00:34
4 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL – Jumbo 0:00:34
5 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec 0:00:34
1. Simon YATES (Gb – Mitchelton-Scott);
2. Dumoulin (Ola) at 41’’;
3. Pinot (Fra) at 46’’;
4. Pozzovivo at 1’;
5. Carapaz (Ecu) at 1’23’’;
6. G. Bennett (N.Zel) at 1’36’’;
7. Dennis (Aus) at 2’08’’;
8. Bilbao (Spa);
9. Woods (Can) at 2’28’’;
10. Froome (Gb) at 2’30’’;
12. Lopez (Col) at 2’37’’;
14. Aru at 2’39’’.