Quiet before the storm: tomorrow Monte Zoncolan
Giro d’Italia – Amore infinito
Nervesa della Battaglia, May 18th– Stage 13; Ferrara – Nervesa della Battaglia – 180 km
Stage 13 ran across the perfectly flat roads of eastern Po Valley, with just one climb with 20km to go, the Montello ascent, but along the less-steep side. A perfect sprinters stage, in which the habitual break of the day did not have chances of success.
In Nervesa della Battaglia it’s up to Elia Viviani to celebrate for the third time at this year’s Giro d’Italia. The Maglia Ciclamino beats yesterday’s winner Bennett and Van Poppel. Unfortunately Team BAHRAIN MERIDA has not its rider to contest the sprint. Niccolò Bonifazio seemed to be boxed in: “I didn’t have good legs in the final. Anyway I tried” explains our sprinter with few words. His thoughts are immediately on next stages, with hard climbs to faces “let’s hope to survive.
Quiet before the storm. In fact, on tomorrow’s menu there’s the Monte Zoncolan. Riders will face one of the hardest stage of this year’s edition. GC riders are looking forward it. Our leader Domenico Pozzovivo has a clear target: try to take any possible chance to take over the Maglia Rosa from Simon Yates: “To do it, you need to go faster than him on climbs and in the time trial. Let’s see day-by-day and maybe we can do something interesting already tomorrow”.
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