A bunch sprint for the longest stage
Chartres, July 13th, ST7 – The longest stage of this Tour ended, as expected, with a bunch sprint. The Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won clearly with our best rider Sonny Colbrelli in 12th place.
“It has been the classic slow-burning stage – commented Head of Performance Paolo Slongo – the efforts of the past few days have made themselves felt and no one has tried to go on the break with conviction. Halfway it was windy and some teams tried to create an echelon like yesterday. They did not succeed because the race was very controlled and so we reached the finish line all together”.
“A very quiet stage – said Vincenzo Nibali – it was known that it was a sprinter stage and so nobody tried to attack. I was in the middle of the peloton when the our car told me about my brother’s victory in Austria. I also got excited and I must say I’m really happy for Antonio e for all the Team”.
Tomorrow’s stage, from Dreux to Amiens Mètropole (181km) could have the same script as today’s. Only two climbs of the fourth category before a probable sprint finish with a last kilometres slightly downhill. “In view of the Sunday tough stage with the Roubaix’s – predicts Ion Izagirre – tomorrow there will be no great battle and therefore space to the fast wheel teams”.
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