Cycling, Giro d’Italia: Sagan makes the masterpiece in the stage of the walls. Almeida remains in the squad, Fuglsang punches and Nibali takes him off

There he is again, four hundred and sixty-one days later. Peter Sagan did not rejoice from a summer afternoon in 2019, in Colmar, where a stage of the Tour de France arrived. Then, apart from the strange calendar, first stretched and compressed by Covid, an infinite series of placings. Curse that came to an end in Tortoreto, in a day from the electrocardiogram similar to the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. And since the good Peter is never banal, he makes a round figure: he is the number 100 rider to join the club of the stage winners at Tour, Vuelta and Giro.

“Victory comes when you stop looking for it too much,” he explains upon arrival. In reality Sagan is looking for victory and how. He starts with Ganna on the Chieti stretch, in a moment without rules in which everyone is chasing the right escape. Yet the two in front remain, so the squad becomes more conspicuous. In seven, then there are the walls – short but with murderous slopes, that of Controguerra at 24% – crumbling certainties. Of all, except Sagan, who turns the last few kilometers into a solitary ride, complete with a liberating gesture upon arrival. “We were on the run all day, I was alone but I had a good leg to control everyone. I went well uphill and careful not to fall downhill, in the end I came alone in front. I won with my style, doing show”.
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An action so beautiful as to put aside, even if only for a moment, bad thoughts. The Giro is in fact moving forward, but with 13 fewer riders. Positive Kruijswijk at Covid: and the whole Jumbo withdraws. Accusations float. “Since the first hotels, there were people at the buffet who were not part of the bubble. Ten teams in two hotels with other guests was undoubtedly a mistake. You should be protected from the people who run the sport,” attacks van Emden, one of the withdrawn.


Cycling, Giro d’Italia: Kruijswijk and Matthews positive at Covid. Mitchelton and Jumbo retire

It’s still. Four positives in the staff: Mitchelton Scott, who had lost her Simon Yates lighthouse in recent days, also returns home. Michael Matthews positive: and luckily the Sunweb continues. It is in fact the team of Wilco Kelderman, one of the most accredited in the standings. In this regard, Almeida remains in the squad and also gives a beautiful image of freshness, when he goes firsthand to neutralize the threat to leadership that Pello Bilbao brings him. “My team did a perfect job, I’m proud of them. I’m fine, let’s keep this shirt as long as we can.”

Vanhoucke leaves the scene, stressed by a difficult and beautiful stage, and Fuglsang risks doing it. Very unfortunate, he punctures downhill in the wet, does not find the flagship nearby and makes do with Felline’s bike. Nibali (“The legs responded well, downhill I avoided risks for the wet asphalt”) and the others do not take pity: fifteen minutes late, for the Dane the Giro is uphill. Let’s hope it won’t be for everyone.

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) in 04h01’56 “
2. Brandon McNulty (USA) at 00’19 “
3. Joao Almeida (Por) at 00’23 “
4. Ben Swift (Gbr) st
5. Jai Hindley (Aus) st
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) st
7. Patrick Konrad (Aut) st
8. Wilco Kelderman (Ola) st
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) st
10. Pello Bilbao (Spa) st
11. Tao Geoghehan Hart (Gbr) st
12. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) st
13. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) st
16. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) at 00’50 “
21. Jakob Fuglsang (Dan) at 01’38 “.
1. Joao Almeida (Por) in 39h38’05 “
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ola) at 00’34 “
3. Pello Bilbao (Spa) at 00’43 “
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) at 00’57 “
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) at 01’01 “
6. Patrock Konrad (Aut) at 01’15 “
7. Jai Hindley (Aus) at 01’19 “
8. Rafal Majka (Pol) at 01’21 “
9. Fausto Masnada (Ita) at 01’36 “
10. Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) at 01’52
11. Jakob Fuglsang (Dan) at 02’20 “
12. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) at 02’27 “
13. Brandon McNulty (USA) at 02’39 “
14. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Gbr) at 02’45 “
15. Antonio Pedrero (Spa) at 02’58 “.


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