Ulissi takes glory from ambitious leader Almeida

Second victory for the Italian UAE in a tight sprint against his own pink jersey, Joao Almeida, who did not achieve the victory, but 6 seconds of bonus.


The Deceuninck only knows how to run in one way: with victory between the eyebrows. And that philosophy has been perfectly adopted by Joao Almeida, the 22-year-old Portuguese who has been wearing the pink jersey from day three and does not do so passively. He honors her every day. In the 13th, with a finish in Monselice and encouraged by two tough final walls, she tried to win and fell short of achieving it, but Diego Ulissi, with one more point, scored his second win in this Giro. However, Almeida did not leave empty-handed: 6 seconds bonus for second place.

It was the outcome of a stage that reserved all the spice for the end, where the two walls that would select the race met. That was the break of the day, made up of six cyclists, of whom Bouchard (Ag2r) and, above all, Tonelli (Bardiani) were the ones who held out the longest, although the adventure ended at the first wall, Roccolo. On the ascent, 4 km at 8% with ramps at 20%, Peter Sagan made his bet. The Bora put Fabbro and Poljanski to pull down Demare, the tyrant of the volatas. The strategy worked, because the Groupama was soon off the hook, although later it would be able to link.

In the next wall, Calaone (2.1 km at 9.8%), the selection was produced again, although this time not only Demare faltered, but also Sagan himself, who escaped the options. There the UAE pressed with Conti and Ulissi himself. Also Movistar, maintaining that offensive stance with which they are facing this Giro. Leader Almeida's Deceuninck set the definitive rhythm so as not to allow anyone else to join the fight for the stage. Still, the Slovak did not throw in the towel and even started next to Swift, another with options in a reduced sprint, in the last letter to link, but this time they did not achieve the desired result.Without the Slovak and the British, Almeida was faced with options and fought for victory. The Portuguese, who has put an expiration date on his leadership at the hard end of the week, was not afraid to get into the arrival in which he barely lacked a hand to beat Ulissi, but the Italian is another of those who do not forgive when he smells the blood and did not fail to score his second win in this Giro.

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