Alaphilippe takes the stage of 'sterrato' and Yates, eliminated

Day with many nerves and the French, one of the most beloved in the peloton, is situated five seconds behind Schachmann, who played the stage in Gorraiz. Landa: "The 'sterrato' was a shit"


Alaphilippe is one of the most acclaimed cyclists in Euskadi. For his desire to be in the Itzulia (his second participation) and the praise for the race, for his class and for always being so offensive, they welcome him as if he were a Basque. Last year he won in the first two stages (in Zarautz and Bermeo) and that idyll was strengthened. Months later the runner of Saint-Amand-Montrond obtained the victory in the Classical San Sebastián. This time he knew that he had to let the clock that opens the curtain pass, because there are better specialists than him against the hands. He imposed his huge class on a very explosive arrival, a ramp to 8.5%, taking the sprint line after Lambrecht was launched before and the leader Schachmann was very attentive.

The Frenchman of the Deceuninck-Quick Step has already eight triumphs (four less than last year) and we are only in April. Antes had added two in the Tirreno-Adriatico, others in the Vuelta a San Juan, one in the Milan-San Remo, one in the Strade-Brianche and one more in Colombia. Your team equals Astana with 21. It started the comeback and when the leader took the change they touched lightly, but they are still normal cycling issues. Your wheel is the right one right now. A Valverde with 12 years less. Friar got up to participate in that fight but was closed to 300 meters from the end. Kwiatkowski tried, but delivered the spoon at the last minute and the leader of the general (who took four seconds in two bonus sprints in intense fight with Ion Izagirre) finished sixth in the goal of Gorraiz. The winner took a second with the following and climbs to second place in the general standings. Izagirre is 23 seconds behind and Mas, who entered with those in front, at 28.

The stage was very nervous, for the six sections of 'sterrato' (one of them, the first in Mutilva, was neutralized). "He is at the limit of safety and spectacle," snorted Indurain in goal, a legend that saw the peloton pass through his native Villaba. On that trip on dirt roads and concretes, Adam Yates was ruled out. He had a breakdown at the worst moment, when the group broke up the Ibiriku wall, 16 kilometers from the finish line. The Mitchelton-Scott waited for him and threw to block but it was losing bellows before the front bullets. Alaphilippe also had an accident, 30 km, but it was a quiet area and could change the bike without problem.

It was a day that did not like at all Landa. He ended up angry; They asked him how he was and was monosyllabic: "Mal." Tomorrow he runs home and the course is going very well. "The 'sterrato'? Bah, shit" . He lost some seconds again (Daniel Felipe Martínez entered 6 seconds, Alava 9, like Geraint Thomas) and is 1:06 behind Schachmann. It is difficult to tie the Itzulia in the last two days. Astana was controlling almost all the day, ordering the lot, with Movistar very close to his hump, in many cases with thicker tubular and with less pressure to get around the stretches of land, where Bernard, Atapuma, Bravo escaped. and Amezqueta. Fortunately, it only rained enough to help make the floor more stable. The stretch of Azpa, 1,800 meters to 43.6 km from the finish line, after the concrete wall of Zaldua, was the most striking, because of its complexity, complicated, because it has looser ground as well as a sub-low and light curves .



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