HOW BORED THIS TOUR OF ITALY: THREE STAGES OUT OF SIX UNWORLDABLE, 50% SO FAR. THE TOUR IS DIFFERENT
At the Tour there is more attention, everyone wants to go on the run because they know there is worldwide visibility. Today I didn’t understand why Rosa went on the break, he is competitive on the climbs. It is a stage that has been lit only in the last 5 km. The riders knew it would be boring, they said it even before the start. The problem is obviously always of an economic nature, there is also one to consider: the organizers must try to please everyone.
DEMARE CONCEDE IL BIS
Demare is doing what it did a couple of years ago. Today the three sprinters were there, the Frenchman won by a nail. He has a nice train available, the team didn’t do anything wrong. Guarnieri then was perfect. The Quick-Step, on the other hand, was somewhat in the shade. Demare has already won the cyclamen jersey and can do it again. However, the French, Ewan and Cavendish are the three sprinters who have something more than the others.
TO THE ‘OTHERS’ ONLY THE PLACES REMAIN
Nizzolo also placed today, he always lacks 1 to make 2. Girmay well, but he is always placed there, even if it is the revelation of the Giro. It was a beautiful sprint. Gaviria found Dainese who closed it, then went to collide with Bol: sprinters go crazy when they don’t win.
TOMORROW A STAGE IN WHICH ALL OR NOTHING CAN HAPPEN
Tomorrow is tough, there is a first category, then there is the second category of Monte Grande di Viggiano which is really tough, with 6 km at 9%. For me, the escape will go away for sure. It’s true that the hardest climb is 60km from the finish, but I think the favorites should do battle. If they leave no room for escape, it could be a stop for Carapaz or Simon Yates.
THE TREK-SEGAFREDO WILL TRY TO KEEP THE PINK JERSEY
Trek-Segafredo has Lopez who can also keep the pink jersey, there is no shortage of riders available, we have to understand what they want to do. If runners go very far in the standings on the run, they could also lose interest, otherwise they will have to shoot. However, they must also think about preserving Ciccone: let’s hope that he will show something on the Blockhaus.
JOAO ALMEIDA FLYING UP IN THE THIRD WEEK AT THE 2021 GIRO D’ITALIA
Almeida’s problem is not to waste too much time and then hope for the final time trial. He is a bad dog, he is always there, it is difficult to detach him. If they don’t peel it off, then it becomes dangerous.
THE OLD ALEJANDRO VALVERDE COULD LEAVE THE SIGN
It could also be Valverde’s stage, it’s a perfect finish for him. But we don’t know how he is. However my favorites are Valverde or Carapaz if the race goes off regular. It lends itself a lot to Valverde. The stage is insidious, if one goes into crisis it can take many minutes. These climbs are hard, Basilicata is a very moving land, there is never breath.
WHO WILL ENTER THE DAY ESCAPE?
I expect Ulissi on the run. But I wonder if they will let him run free or if he will have to stand by Almeida’s side. The same goes for Formolo, which would be very suitable for such a stage. Fortunato must try at all costs to enter the escape.
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