Sagan's exhibition the day that Pello Bilbao bets on pink

The Slovakian won after getting into the day's escape and the Spanish attacked the leader, who defended himself well in a great day that began crooked by the coronavirus.

The day that the foundations of the Giro shook due to the eight positives for coronavirus and the abandonment of two teams of the stature of Mitchelton and Jumbo, the remaining cyclists prepared an extraordinary day of cycling. A stage of attacks that once again showed that this sport is for the brave, and a good handful of them stuck their heads out on the way to Tortoreto. First of all, Peter Sagan, a rider who completed his already very extensive collection of triumphs with one he still lacked: a stage of the Giro. But the Slovak, aware that his top speed is not bringing him results this season (first win of the year!), He did it hard, sneaking into the break of the day and showing himself as the strongest. A stage in which the different walls dotted along the route could well remind him of those classics that he dominated in another time.

But he wasn't the only one worthy of praise. It was also the day of Pello Bilbao, the versatile Bahrain runner who made a brave bet to don the pink jersey. When the rain appeared, with 22 km to go, the one from Gernika launched himself with an attack that made him touch the virtual leadership, but was neutralized by the ambition of the leader, Joao Almeida, who did not hesitate at 22 years of age. respond in the first person when the situation goes wrong and give the group rhythm. Domenico Pozzovivo also collaborated in his hunt. The Italian did not sink due to a mechanical problem when the race was launched, he returned to link with the favorites, and even starred in the first person chase of the Spaniard from Bahrain.

Pello Bilbao did not achieve his goal, but he left a wonderful image and further encouraged a race in which the great protagonist was Peter Sagan, whom he was about to hunt. However, the Bora, who had gotten into a getaway in which Movistar sneaked in his two Italians (Cataldo and Villella), was intractable in the escape that came to have seven components. Ben Swift, from an Ineos that had also leaked Ganna in the cut, was the one who held his wheel the longest, but succumbed when Sagan started on the last wall, that of Tortoreto. The attack struck him and prevented Bilbao from connecting with him. Master movement

The last kilometers were a gift for the Slovak, who even cheered on the Italian fans on the last straight, who applauded him enthusiastically, aware that they were witnessing another feat by one of the greatest. Sagan raised his arms a few seconds before the group of favorites arrived, with the brave Pello, the brave Almeida and Pozzovivo, and Nibali and Kelderman, who were content to comply. More seeing that with that they also distanced another rival like Jakob Fuglsang in 1:15, who with mechanical problems left a good income at the goal of a Giro that is still very much alive ... despite the fact that the pandemic is increasingly threatening.

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