Landa weakens Nibali and Roglic and approaches the podium

The Basque attacked in the final ascent and cut 19 seconds to Nibali and Roglic. Carapaz, solid leader, also expanded differences. Peters won the stage.


Anterselva, 5.5 kilometers to 6.9% . Jan Hirt printed such a high tempo on the final climb that Superman Lopez opened. With the wind in his face, Domenico Pozzovivo did not know whether to shoot for Vincenzo Nibali or to lower several marches. A little less than 3,000 meters to the finish line. Next to the banner, the family and friends of Mikel Landa cheered. In that moment of uncertainty, cheered by theirs, the Alava clearly and forcefully bet for the podium in Verona. He managed 19 seconds on Nibali and Primoz Roglic, second and third of the Giro, which now take him 1:09 and 47 seconds, respectively. On his 26 birthday, Richard Carapaz, just as solid in pink, also scratched more differences with the Sicilian and the Slovenian. Round day for the Movistar.

The telephone team managed wonderfully those last kilometers. Landa accelerated when the rest began to doubt. Carapaz exerted secante when he saw his partner jump, covered the hole as soon as Lopez took a few meters ahead and started with everything to check that Nibali and Roglic suffered. Impeccable. Earnings for both. An commitment of the squad with both, although it is a difficult balance: lead them both to the box. As it happened with Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde in the Tour of 2015. Then second and third, they speculated much more. In this Giro there is a priority: conquer the race with Carapaz. Landa will have free access if his leadership is not put at risk.

From the scapada, Nans Peters premiered his track record as a professional in Anterselva. The promising climber had an "extra motivation to beat" . Born 25 years ago in Grenoble, capital of the French Alps and practicante of ski, the arrival was located in Anterselva, one of the temples of the biathlon (in 2020 will host the World Championship for the sixth time) thanks to its stadium 1,635 meters, the highest altitude stop of the World Cup. On the border with Austria (the population speaks German), the Ag2r corridor won his first victory in a big "as if double" . 18 cyclists got into a spoiled escape.

Peters chose the precise moment to seek the victory, 15 km, when their adventure partners were preparing for the climb. It seemed a quiet stage for the favorites, until Landa went for the podium. Other who chose the right moment, although usually they do not smile at him. As in the Giro of 2015, subordinated to Fabio Aru, or the Tour of 2017, to the service of Chris Froome. In Giro 2019 is again subject to Carapaz, but we have many emotions until the round concludes in Verona.



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