With your mind set on the impossible ramps that await the runners this Monday in the queen stage of the Giro d’Italia, with the Coppi top and the biggest unevenness of the race, the 15th day of the Corsa Rosa began in the town of Grado. Ahead of 147 kilometers, in a short, technical and explosive day that did not start in the best way and in which the Dutch Oscar Riesebeek and the belgian Victor Campenaerts they gave a great show in the last kilometers, which he wanted to join Albert Torres, but the one who had run out of strength with 10 miles to go.
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The chaos marked the beginning of this second Sunday day of the Corsa RosaWhen the stage was just started and the first attack occurred, there was a multiple fall, probably caused by the force of the wind. There were several cyclists involved and this accident would end up involving the abandonment of four of them and the organization, to facilitate the work of the medical services, neutralized the stage, with the consequent anger of the group of escapees that had already been formed.
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As a result of the initial fall, Jos Van Emdén (Jumbo-Visma), Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) Y Emanuel Buchman (Bora), who was the 6th classified overall, they were forced to leave and a few kilometers later they joined Rubén Guerreiro (EF Education-Nippo), whose back ailment did not allow him to continue in the race. Four new casualties added to that of Giacomo Nizzolo, who no longer took the exit.
Ahead, a stage that presented the double passage through the level of Gornje Cerovo (2.2 kilometers at 6.9%) and a last hard slope, a scene to which a torrential rain wanted to add that left the road very delicate, especially with the technical descent at the end and with the arrival in Gorizia, with several curves closed before the final stretch and the cobblestone as the protagonist. A skating rink where the riders had to be very careful.
The peloton arrived 17 minutes after the winner of the day!
Of the 15 escapees, the strongest were Torres, Campenaerts and Riesebeek, with an attack with 22 kilometers to go. The corridor of Movistar He was going very right and a few meters from crowning Gornje Cerovo gave a few meters that were going to be decisive. There were 16 kilometers left, in which Campenaerts and Riesebeek were going to play victory. The battle between the two was beautiful. The two of them tried before the final stretch, which they arrived glued to, studying each other.
Riesebeek jumped first, but Campenaerts, a true speed specialist, caught up with him without too much trouble to claim his seventh professional victory and his first of the season. The Belgian had not won since June 15, 2019 in the Return to belgium and a month earlier he set the hour record (55,089 km) in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
And the favorites? you may be wondering. Well, they reached the finish line 17 minutes after the runner of the Team Qhubeka ASSOS, with a Ineos who protected their leader, Bernal, with great care, awaiting the battle that is expected this Monday in the queen stage of this Monday, ending in Cortina d’Ampezzo and that they will be able to continue in MD from 10.15 am.