Nibali advances in 4th in the overall
La Rosiére, July 18th, ST11 – “I breathed for a moment – commented Vincenzo Nibali, today 9th with a 59” gap – and then I left. I managed well thanks to my physical condition which is still very good “.
“On the last climb the pace imposed by Team Sky was really remarkable – he added – and in many we lost seconds. Today was like this, but we are only halfway through the Tour and there are still several stages to recover “.
The bagarre has unleashed going up to La Rosiére. The tempo in the 17km of the last ascent was really impressive and at the end the British Geraint Thomas took the stage and moved into the yellow jersey,
Despite the delay, Nibali has recovered five places in GC and is now in fourth position with a gap of just over 2 minutes.
“We are fine but there are those who are better – said Gorazd Štangelj – we did a good race and achieved the best possible result. Tomorrow, it’s time for Alpe d’Huez, the stage is longer and with a greater difference in altitude. It will surely be seen who has recovered better from the efforts of the last few days “.
The twelfth stage proposes the classic arrival at Alpe d’Huez. Departure from Bourg-Saint-Maurice and then tackle two HC climbs (Col de la Madeleine and Col de la Croix de Fer) before the final ascent of 13.8km with an average gradient of 8%. More than 185km overall with so much adrenaline.
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