The Giro d’Italia 2021 It faces its resolution with three stages between this Friday and this Sunday called to elucidate the final winner. For this reason, cyclists have taken it easy eighteenth stage of this Thursday, of 231 kilometers Come in Rovereto and Stradella and with a flat profile, although with some steep slopes in the final part. The platoon has allowed the formation of a large escape in which Alberto Bettiol (Education First) has been crowned the winner.
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The final part of the day, with several slopes and the fourth category port of Chestnut, twenty-three kilometers from the finish line, represented the greatest difficulties in a day called for cyclists to keep their strength as much as possible, due to the high mileage. Thus, the team Ineos Grenadiers has kept calm so Egan bernal I arrived as the leader in the final stages, after a peloton that gave up many minutes with the breakaway.
The leader has regained strength after suffering during the day on Wednesday and has increased his confidence for the final stretch of the race, where his rivals will surely look for another opportunity to attack his rivals. It was on a day that started with a significant drop before the start of the stage. The Italian Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo), tenth overall, was not starting because of injuries that occurred during his crash on Wednesday.
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It was a day marked for the formation of a breakaway that could fight for the stage win. The attacks were continuous in the first thirty kilometers of the stage, in which at last a breakaway of twenty-three riders was formed. Among them were Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Samuele Battistella (Astana), Dario Cataldo (Movistar), Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Alberto Bettiol (Education First), Nicolas Roche (Team DSM) or Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates). None of them, yes, presented a threat to Bernal’s ‘pink jersey’.
Of course, the formation of the escape did not arrive without quarrels in the platoon, since Bora-hansgrohe It was debated between allowing the breakaway or achieving greater control of the stage so as not to compromise the cycling jersey of Peter sagan. Finally, Bora and the rest of the teams gave the go-ahead to the large group at the front of the race, with the Slovak satisfied. Thus, the squad slowed down as the distance grew behind.
The distance was growing little by little. It was already twelve minutes with a hundred kilometers to go, with the men in front aware that the group was very large in the face of the fight for the stage. Of course, there was ground for the selection in a final part of the test with several slopes and a pass, with the squad already discarded in the fight for the stage.
Cavagna pays for his wear and tear and Bettiol takes advantage of it
Samuele Battistella and Alberto Bettiol they were among the first to try to break the leak. However, between the pulls of the chasing group, it was Rémi Cavagna who managed to leave with an attack just before Castana was crowned, a fourth category port located just over twenty kilometers from the finish line.
However, when the French seemed to walk with a firm step towards victory, the figure of Bettiol. The Italian came from behind to hunt down Cavagna seven kilometers from the end. The Frenchman could not keep up after the effort of the stage and the punishment of some final slopes that wreaked havoc on his legs.
So, it was Bettiol who arrived alone at a finish line in which he achieved his third victory as a professional, the second of great prestige for him after the Tour of Flanders that he conquered in 2019. Thus, Italian cycling celebrated its fifth stage victory in this Giro 2021.
His different pursuers were entering after him, Simone consonni (Cofidis) and Nicolas Roche (DSM) completing the stage podium at 17 seconds. Much calmer a platoon led by Ineos, at 11:30 p.m. and with the men of the British team protecting a Egan bernal who continues as leader with 2:21 on Damiano Caruso (Bahrain) and with 3:23 on Simon Yates (Team BikeExchallenge).
The stage this Friday, yes, will offer greater difficulties to the men of the general, called to be protagonists. Are waiting 166 kilometers between Abbiategrasso and the climb to Alpe di Mera, with a fourth category port and a third category port before that final ascent of first category, from almost fifteen kilometers and with an average of 10.5% and ramps of up to 14%. The favorites of this Giro d’Italia have taken this Thursday’s stage as a calmer day, despite the mileage, but they begin to stake the victory already this Friday.
18th stage. Rovereto-Stradella, 231 kilometers
1. Alberto Bettiol (Italy / EF Education-Nippo) 5h14’43 ”
2. Simone Consonni (Italy / Cofidis) to 17th
3. Nicolas Roche (Ireland / Team DSM) id.
4. Nikias Arndt (Germany / Team DSM) id.
5. Diego Ulissi (Italy / UAE Team Emirates) id.
6. Samuele Battistella (Italy / Astana-Premier Tech) id.
7. Filippo Zana (Italy / Bardiani CSD Faizane ‘) id.
8. Natnael Tesfazion (Eritrea / Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) id.
9. Rémi Cavagna (France / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) at 24 ”
10. Jacopo Mosca (Italy / Trek-Segafredo) at 1’12 ”
1. Egan Bernal (Colombia / Ineos Grenadiers) 77h10’18 ”
2. Damiano Caruso (Italy / Bahrain Victorious) at 2’21 ”
3. Simon Yates (Great Britain / Team BikeExchallenge) at 3’23 ”
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Russia / Astana-Premier Tech) at 6’03 ”
5. Hugh John Carthy (Great Britain / EF Education-Nippo) at 6’09 ”
6. Romain Bardet (France / Team DSM) at 6’31 ”
7. Daniel Felipe Martínez (Colombia / Ineos Grenadiers) at 7’17 ”
8. Joao Almeida (Portugal / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) at 8’45 ”
9. Tobias S. Foss (Norway / Jumbo-Visma) at 9’18 ”
10. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Israel Start-Up Nation) at 13’37 ”