Ballerini repeats and Alaphilippe falls before Mont Ventoux

Cold and rainy day, with a final full of falls, which affected the leader of Astana, the world champion, Jorgenson (Movistar). Aranburu was third.


Davide Ballerini continued his exhibition on the Tour de Provence. The Italian from Deceuninck achieved his second victory in as many stages of the French event after demonstrating the excellent form in which he is. In a finish that was itching up, with the added danger of the rain, which caused several falls, no one could dispute the victory. Giulio Ciccone and the Spaniard Alex Aranburu tried, but they had to settle for being second and third.

A stage that was played in the group, despite multiple escape attempts. Among them, that of Matteo Jorgenson, a 21-year-old American from Movistar, who was very insistent but lacked luck. First he tried it in the last kilometers with the Belgian Vermeersch (lotto-Soudal), but the squad, already highly selected and drawn by Deceuninck, hunted them down.

The last kilometer was very busy, but because of the falls. First, in a curve, the leaders of Deceuninck himself, Julian Alaphilippe, and of Astana, Alexander Vlasov, went to the ground. The Russian's accident came when his teammates Omar Fraile and Gorka Izagirre were preparing the arrival for Alex Aranburu. In that fight Jorgenson also insisted again, with the bad luck that he went to the ground. Nothing affected Ballerini, with one point more than his rivals.

This Saturday, Mont Ventoux

This Saturday, the queen stage (14:15, Teledeporte) of this French event as the race reaches Mont Ventoux (although in a shortened version of, even so, 14 km of climb, an exam for many Important names present in the event, among which are Egan Bernal and an Enric Mas who is making his debut this season and it would be a very good sign to see him among the best.

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