Brambilla buries Woods and the Groupama army

The Italian was the best in the last stage of the Alps and Var, and managed to take the general with five seconds of income over the Canadian.

A brave strategy by Groupama, which sought the general of the Alpes-Maritimes and Var with Molard and Madouas, and a high-level escape, with names like Brambilla, De la Cruz, Geoghegan Hart, Gorka Izagirre or Vuillermoz, put the Israel, who was defending Michael Woods' yellow jersey. Armirail was pulling ahead in favor of Molard and Madouas. Behind, Dan Martin and Neilands for Woods. But in the end, neither one nor the other. The smartest and the strongest, Gianluca Brambilla, took the last stage and the general ... although he was recreated in the celebration and almost cost him the title: he took only five seconds off Woods.

The 33-year-old Italian from Trek had not won since Formigal's historic day at La Vuelta in 2016, when the round opted for Nairo Quintana against Chris Froome. In his statements he explained why he did not press until he crossed the Blausasc line: “I did not know the exact time nor did they communicate the correct references, I thought I was only aiming for partial victory. So double joy ”. Bauke Mollema, also from Trek, finished third in the standings, six seconds behind his teammate. Groupama's ambition came to nothing: Molard, fourth; Gaudu, sixth; and Madouas, seventh.

When the gregarious burst, the race exploded at Col de la Madone de Gorbio. Brambilla and Madouas left and Woods had to respond in the first person. The lack of understanding between Woods, Fuglsang, Nairo, Gaudu and Mollema, who reached the goal in jerks, after a thousand attacks and counterattacks between them, gave wings to the fugitives, although Gaudu and Mollema did not collaborate, with options for victory. ahead, it was normal. After a hectic and fruitless chase, Brambilla raised his arms again.

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