Ecuador is fashionable in the Giro: great triumph of Narváez

The Ecuadorian took advantage of a puncture from Padun to win alone. Among the favorites there were no differences in a dog day.


Classic broken terrain, 204 kilometers, adverse weather and the desire to fight. Nor did it take more for the 12th stage of the Giro to wreck the peloton, although there were no differences between the contenders for the title. On a dog day, with rain and cold (barely eight degrees), Domenico Pozzovivo's NTT tried to tighten the screws on the favorites on the narrow and winding roads around Cesenatico, Marco Pantani's hometown. Coming from the escape, Jhonatan Narváez got his first triumph in a big one at 23 years old. The Ecuadorian took advantage of a puncture from Mark Padun, with whom he was going to play for glory, to leave alone. Career Circumstances.

Narváez gave Ineos their third victory in this edition, after the two achieved by Filippo Ganna. Also the second for Ecuador, after Jonathan Caicedo on Etna. A fashionable nation in the Corsa Rosa, as Richard Carapaz last year became the first from his country to conquer the race. In 2018 he scored the first success in Montevergine and in 2019 he took two more, in Frascati and Courmayeur. "We are few, but we show that we have good potential," said Narváez proudly, winner of the Coppi & Bartali Week in 2020 (with a partial) .

Despite his dark past linked to doping and drugs, Italy idolizes Il Pirata, who died in a hotel in Rimini in February 2004. The day served to remind the caravan again of the 1998 Giro and Tour champion. Pozzovivo commented at the start that he was inspired by Pantani's attacking style. Although he tried to tense his rivals, only Pernsteiner and Zakarin, second-rank hopefuls, fell through. However, the wear and tear will weigh on the legs… if the round continues as normal. Joao Almeida feels very comfortable in the leadership, with another date crossed out and the uncertainty about the weather and the virus on the horizon.

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