Giro d'Italia (st. 18)
Italian veteran from Movistar Team features in Giro’s longest break, where Bettiol (EFN) prevails. No attacks between GC contenders before decisive weekend.
At the final hills around Stradella, finish venue of stage 18 in the 2021 Giro, a Ronde van Vlaanderen winner triumphed as Alberto Bettiol (EFN) came solo to the line after 231km – the longest stage in this year’s ‘Corsa Rosa’ from a 23-rider breakaway including Dario Cataldo (Movistar Team).
It was yet another attempt from the veteran ‘abbruzzese‘ in this Giro, an escape solved via attacks into the last 35km, with the Blue rider more active in the first two slopes – it was three non-categorized ascents and a Cat-4 climb – as Cavagna (DQT) later split the group before the decisive move with Roche (DSM) and Bettiol himself.
Having spent his energies on pursuing Cavagna, Cataldo had to stay content with 12th place, just over a minute and a half behind the winner. The peloton, with no moves whatsoever, finished 23′ behind the winner, with Antonio Pedrero remaining with the top-20 overall.
The Giro will reach on Friday its 19th stage (three to go), back to the mountains with the finish in Alpe di Mera (Cat-1; 10km at 8.7%) after the previous climbs of Gignese (Cat-4) and the Passo della Colma (Cat-3). The route was shortened to 166km earlier this week, as the peloton had to go through the Mottarone area, involved in a dreadful cable car accident last weekend.
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- 01 Alberto Bettiol EF Education-NIPPO 5h14'43"
- 02 Simone Consonni Cofidis +17"
- 03 Nicolas Roche Team DSM "
- 12 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +1'34"
- 85 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +23'30"
- 90 Einer Rubio Movistar Team "
- 109 Davide Villella Movistar Team "
- 125 Matteo Jorgenson Movistar Team "
- 128 Albert Torres Movistar Team "
- 129 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team "
- 01 Egan Bernal INEOS Grenadiers 77h10'18"
- 02 Damiano Caruso Bahrain Victorious +2'21"
- 03 Simon Yates Team BikeExchange +3'23"
- 17 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +38'37"
- 26 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +1h02'04"
- 44 Einer Rubio Movistar Team +1h43'37"
- 53 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +1h57'10"
- 55 Davide Villella Movistar Team +2h01'15"
- 101 Matteo Jorgenson Movistar Team +3h15'55"
- 141 Albert Torres Movistar Team +4h09'42"