Healy makes Giro history and Roglic gives Evenepoel first notice

Luckily we still have the guerrilla runners and with ambition. And it is not a merely trivial consolation to grab hold of, because it is commendable that brave stage hunters treat us from time to time with a beautiful performance. Although more than beautiful, the recital of the winner of the day was superb. start the ‘it was Ben Healy’. Time will tell if he remains a classicsman, a stage hunter or even points to the great tours, but his great abilities are unquestionable. The one from EF Education attacked from the breakaway with 50 km to go and put a real blow to his fellow adventurers. Healy, who at 22 is the youngest winner in this Italian round, becomes the sixth Irish who manages to win in the Italy spin (the last success was from Dan Martin in 2021) with his first victory in a grand tour.

But, the best was behind… And it is that the show that the fans deserved to see in Gran Sasso arrived a day late. The creator has a first and last name: Cousin Roglic. The Slovenian, unlike Remco Evenepoel, He spoke on the road to show that the class he holds is on a par with the great legends of this sport. In the broken final stretch of the stage, Roglic went on the attack with 7 km to go to show that the Belgian Quick-Step is not the strongest when the road looks at the sky. The advantage recovered by Primoz, together with Tao Geoghegan and Geraint Thomas, was 14 seconds, but the moral blow is much greater (30″ separate them in the general). Andreas Leknessund, Thanks to a commendable capacity for suffering, he kept the pink jersey for eight seconds.

Terni received the runners with a gray sky. Curious metaphor of what we have so far Corsa Rosa… To make matters worse, the happy covid, which we had already forgotten since the Big Partenza in Pesacara, a new victim was claimed: Filippo Ganna. He was free for Evenepoel in this Sunday’s time trial without whom he aimed to be his great rival for the victory. It took a few kilometers to form, but we finally saw the first numerous escape of this Italian round, that was made up of about fifteen brokers in which it leaked Charles Verona on behalf of Spain. Next to that of Movistar, a lot of level: Filippo Zanna, Warren Barguil and… Healy.

The Irishman, absolute discovery of the season, made his bet at the decisive point of the day. I Cappuccini. The 2.8 km wall, Fossombrone path, it would be promoted twice and would serve to blow up the escape with its ramps of up to 19%. The breakaway reached that first step with the certainty of fighting for the victory, since the peloton, with the DSM men, limited themselves to controlling the difference to keep the Leknessund pink. So things, Healy started the bike on the first ramps, 50 km from the end, and his rhythm was unattainable. They saw him at the finish line.

And the last step came through I Capuccini, where few harbored hope and the unexpected happened. Roglic, who else, lit the firecrackers 7 km from the finish line with an acceleration that only Leknessund could respond to at first. Evenepoel chased a few meters away, but gradually lost steam, as did the leader. Surprisingly, Tao and Thomas joined the Slovenian, but mistakenly did not relieve him until the last kilometre. Had he done so, the loot would have been greater. Evenepoel lost even more meters on the descent and came to the finish line in the small group of Joao Almeida, Jay Vine, Jack Haig and Damiano Caruso, 14 seconds later. The Giro begins to awaken.

General ranking

after
cyclist
EquipmentTime
1


Ben Healy

EFE 4:44:24
2


Derek Gee

IPT +01:49
3


Filippo Zana

JAY +01:49
4


Warren Barguil

ARK +01:49
5


Charles Verona

MOV +02:12
6


Mattia Bais

OK +02:37
7


Tom Skujins

TFS +03:51
8


Alessandro Tonelli

GBF +03:56
9


Oscar Riesebeek

ADC +04:00
10


Tao Geoghegan

IGD +04:34
after
cyclist
EquipmentTime
1


Andreas Leknessund

DSM 33:52:10
2


Remco Evenepoel

SOQ +00:08
3


Cousin Roglic

TJV +00:38
4


Joao Almeida

UAD +00:40
5


Geraint Thomas

IGD +00:52
6


Tao Geoghegan

IGD +00:56
7


Aurélien Paret

ACT +00:58
8


Alexander Vlasov

BOH +01:26
9


Damiano Caruso

TBV +01:39
10


Lennard Kaemna

BOH +01:54

See complete classification

stages

  • 6

    Naples – Naples


    Mads Pederson
    TFS

    100 miles

    Thu. May-11

  • 7

    Capua – Gran Sasso d’Italia


    Davide Bais
    OK

    218km

    Fri. May-12

  • 8

    Terni – Fossombrone


    Ben Healy
    EFE

    207km

    Sat. 13-May

  • 9

    Savignano sul Rubicone – Cesena

    35km

    Sun. 14-May

  • 10

    Scandiano – Viareggio

    196km

    Mar. 16-May

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