Nico Denz is beginning to become as fashionable as the mythical Let’s Dance by David Bowie. The one from Bora, on another day passed through water, added his second victory in this Giro d’Italia since the escape to give Germany the honor of being the nation with the most stage wins (3) in this Corsa Rosa. The effectiveness of the breakaways in this edition is tremendous, since if we exclude the time trial stages, in seven out of twelve days a breakaway man has prevailed (58%). What was minimally new was the change of leader, since after four days in the possession of Geraint Thomas, passed into the hands of Bruno Armirail (Groupama FDJ). The Frenchman was at 18:37 overall, but Ineos showed zero interest in retaining it and the peloton reached more than 20 minutes.
It is already something so inherent to this Giro, that it practically goes without saying that it poured water from the beginning of the stage. In betting, that possibility did not even have a quota. The conditions being the opposite of those of yesterday, it is curious that the stage was not shortened and that the conditions were not classified as “extreme”. Almost at the start, one of the most numerous escapes of this edition was formed, with the presence of 30 runners and Spanish representation: Luis León Sánchez and Carlos Verona. At first, both Bora and Ineos had in their hands force Jumbo to take responsibility by leaking Kämna and Arensman, but they were amarrategui and both raised their foot. Among the men with the greatest top speed, several names pointed to clear favorites to win in case of fly: Marius Mayrhofer, Davide Ballerini, Stefano Oldani and Fernando Gaviria. The consent was absolute on the part of the peloton, which was limited to completing the day with the least wear and tear possible. The minute was tremendous.
All this thanks to the fact that the Colombian, like the rest of the riders who continue to survive the inclemencies of this Giro, passed the Sempione Pass (1st), whose descent was extremely wet. Fortunately, a wide asphalt in perfect condition and a series of galleries through which they took refuge for a few minutes, gave them a hand. After recovering from the discomfort caused by several falls during the last stages, Gaviria could have a golden opportunity. However, it formed ‘leak of the leak, and there the one from La Ceja failed to leak nor his Movistar teammates. Ballerini, Oldani, Rex and Skujins opened a gap, while Verona and will barta They gave their all in the chase.
In the last ten kilometers a guerrilla war broke out in which Ballerini, Oldani and Skujins took advantage, leaving Rex behind. The one from the Intermarché rejoined a chasing group, in which Gaviria was not able to be either, who linked up on the finish line. There, Oldani launched too early, Ballerini rested on his laurels and taking advantage of the fact that Bettiol had surprised by the corner, Denz hit a tremendous blow that only Derek Gee compromised slightly. Ineos did not want to spend a gram more, so they gave up the pink jersey in favor of Armirail. However, this Sunday he will be at stake again with a The most promising mid-mountain route on the way to Bergamo. Of course, it takes a little intention…
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Bra – Rivoli
Le Chable – Crans Montana
Sierre – Cassano Magnago
Seregno – Bergamo
Sabbio Chiese – Monte Bondone