Roglic makes another hard blow to his rivals in the chrono

He won the San Marino chrono under the downpour and took 1:05 to Nibali, 1:55 to Carapaz, 3:03 to Landa, 3:11 to Yates, 3:45 to Lopez ... Conti saved the rose.


Primoz Roglic knew what was played in this first block of Giro. It came at an excellent time and had dos cronos to open up differences with the rest of the contenders for the title. And not only won the two time trial, but also saved incidents (despite an anecdotal fall) and stung a few seconds more in Frascati, the chaotic goal that eliminated Tom Dumoulin. Valerio Conti kept the pink jersey (had a mattress of 5:24), but the capo of the race is a Slovenian 29 years old that comes from the ski jumps.

Roglic opened a tremendous brecha in San Marino. Vincenzo Nibali stood at 1:44; Simon Yates (who suffered cramps and a bird), at 3: 46; Miguel Ángel López (who punctured the front wheel), at 4:29; and Mikel Landa, at 4: 52. The Alavés was wrecked and gave 3:03. Eusebio Unzué, manager of Movistar, does not want to rule him out of the fight for the general ... but he has two very solvent teammates ahead of the mountain: Andrey Amador, fourth in 2015 (49 seconds behind Roglic), and Richard Carapaz, fourth in 2018 (to 3:16) . A similar situation is experienced in Astana. Pello Bilbao completed a magnificent day and placed tenth, 1:42 of the virtual lead (Conti will not hold). Although Alexander Vinokourov also does not want to talk about plans B, the first day of rest will serve in the two teams to develop new strategies.

Victor Campenaerts established a tiempazo of 52:03 when still it was not raining in the exit of Riccione. The Belgian, current record of the hour, had a mechanical problem and changed his bicycle: "I bet an all-in to victory. I released the lenticular wheel to carry a conventional goat on the ascent. Fortune smiled at me with less water than the favorites, but the damage cost me Roglic to overcome me by only 11 seconds. What a fuck. " Double European champion and bronze world championship of the specialty, Campenaerts has not yet been released in the big.

El Monte Titano, at 739 meters high, hallmark of the Serenissima Republic of San Marino with its three castles or rocche, hosted the goal of the chrono. The first 22 kilometers were flat. The last 12, at 4.5% of medium slope, had ramps to 11%. Roglic regulated in the sector theoretically more conducive to its characteristics ... and passed the roller on the rise. "I felt very sure of my strength," he explained in a mixed zone. Neither the adverse weather, nor the rivals: it is launched by the Giro of 2019.

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