This and more happens in the thirteenth stage. Flat calm for 150 km, then the fireworks. In front there are seven attacking: Ravanelli, Pellaud – the Swiss who winks at Colombia for love and who once resumed stops to applaud his teammates -, Vanhoucke – who has reduced his ambitions from a pretender to the white jersey to a man on the run -, Rota, Contreras, Tonelli and Bouchard.
Tonelli is the one who resists the most, even if the fate of the seven is clear already on the first demanding climb, Roccolo. Sagan, who had previously made the team work to keep the escape under control, instructs Matteo Fabbro to make a killer rhythm for Demare’s legs. Successful mission, given that despite the escort of his teammates, the Frenchman has to give up the pokerissimo: “We knew it would be a very difficult arrival. Such a final could happen, there is no regret, indeed it is a positive day for the shirt. cyclamen”.
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However, the emotions are not over. The wall of Calaone remains, where Sagan is the one to pay the price, under the blows of the UAE of Ulissi. About twenty remain in front, Almeida’s Deceunink avoids further returns and prepares the sprint for the pink jersey. Then everyone agrees Ulissi: “We did a great job in the final, I wanted to break away from the sprinters. In the sprint I was very tired, but I’m putting the wheel in front. A special thanks to McNulty was great”