Slovenia does not stop winning: Tratnik shines from the break

The leader, Joao Almeida, got two more seconds ahead on the final slope of San Daniele on the eve of the more serious mountain stages.


With a marathon of 229 kilometers and six scoring heights on the menu, the peloton let the breakaway do with its sights set on more decisive stages, such as this Wednesday with the finish line up in Madonna di Campiglio. But Joao Almeida reserved an acceleration for the slope that preceded the last 500 meters and stung his rivals for two seconds. Ben O'Connor and Jan Tratnik gambled for glory after a beautiful head-to-head on the third climb to Monte di Ragogna, included in the circuit that ended in San Daniele del Friuli. Tratnik, stronger than O'Connor on the wall where the pink jersey attacked, took his first big win at the age of 30.

This is the ninth victory as a professional for the Slovenian, the fashionable nationality in cycling thanks to Primoz Roglic (champion of the 2019 Vuelta) and Tadej Pogacar (winner of the 2020 Tour). Almeida extended his rent on Wilco Kelderman to 17 seconds on the eve of more serious tests, such as the chained Forcella Valbona, Bondone, Durone and Madonna di Campiglio this Wednesday, or Carlo Magno, Castrin, Stelvio and Laghi di Cancano on Thursday ... climatology respects. And there will still be Agnello, Izoard and Sestriere, on Saturday, and the Milan time trial, on Sunday. Almost nothing.

The Giro bubble survived the second day of rest, despite the fact that, as in the Tour, there remains the doubt that not everything works as it should or that something has been avoided. That feeling persists in the peloton in Italy, a certainty in the case of France, when the organization avoided closing the press room after three positives. Thomas de Gendt slipped again that it is not believed that there were only two cases, that of Fernando Gaviria and an assistant from Ag2r, after the coronavirus reached the inside of the security circle with the adverse results of Simon Yates, Michael Matthews and Steven Kruijswijk.

The organization, as AS explained, was “confident” in the face of this second wave of controls, since between Thursday and Friday of last week it carried out 512 rapid tests to reinforce the health protocol, all negative. The round went ahead without Matthews or Jumbo and Mitchelton in full after the first day of rest, and in this second there were no more casualties than Gaviria. The Colombian, infected on the UAE Tour (he spent almost a month in the Abu Dhabi hospital as a precaution), is the first cyclist to suffer a reinfection. On this occasion, he was asymptomatic, but his team, the UAE, removed him and isolated him.

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