Ciconne surprises and Thomas forgets ghosts

Gulio Ciccone has come to stay. The Italian had won the classification of the mountain in the past Giro and today has managed to dress in yellow.


Gulio Ciccone is here to stay. The young Italian cyclist had won the classification of the mountain in the past Giro and today has managed to dress in yellow. The leadership is a prize that has been found by surprise. In the last few meters of the stage, he seemed more concerned about the frustration he suffered after losing the duel with Dylan Teuns than by cutting time to Julian Alaphilippe, who sooner than later had to leave the jersey. This is the Tour, sometimes takes you away and, in others, gives you one of the greatest joys of your sporting life.

The race is more open than ever. Presenting a compact team is essential to have options to climb to the top of Paris. Movistar seems to be the most powerful group of this edition, with the permission of Ineos. They showed that they have come to something more than compete and Landa to something more than to be a squire of Quintana. The Spanish attacked with courage, but Pinot, that is in good shape, aborted his plan. All France is going to push him, especially after Bardet was left behind. It is still early to highlight the strongest candidates. The seconds lost by favorites like Enric Mas are not very relevant. It was a very demanding end and they should stay with the sensations shown throughout the day, although Geraint Thomas has already made it clear that his fall in Switzerland is a thing of the past.



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