Landa shines again but stays with honey on her lips

The Spaniard finished third in the Italian event that the promising Vansevenant took in a sprint between the escapees. Carlos Rodríguez, first level top-10.


Mikel Landa started the season in a great way and in his second race of the year, after his 6th place in the Laigueglia Trophy, he again opted for victory. The Basque from Bahrain, who will have his first major goal at the Giro (May 8), was part of the quartet that reached the finish line, but was not able to finish as the young Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck) took advantage of his tip of speed to release his professional record at the age of 22. An achievement for this Belgian, son of the former professional Wim Vansevenant and named after Mauri in honor of Melcior Mauri, the mythical Spanish cyclist.

Everything was decided in the last 15 km of this race that accumulated four ascents to the San Baronto level, in circuit format. The ascent was selecting the race, in which the Ineos (with Dunbar and again a brilliant Carlos Rodríguez at 20), the movements of Nibali and even an Alejandro Valverde (8th in goal) who wanted to be involved in the race were doing your bets.

But the decisive attack was the work of Nairo Quintana. The Colombian saw how the Deceuninck accelerated through James Knox, in favor of the young Vansevenant, and the Colombian wanted to take advantage of it. His ax was only followed by the Belgian, although Landa sensed that this start could be the one that would take him to a prominent goal and reacted. It didn't take long to bond, albeit with a dangerous guest, Bauke Mollema.

The four would play the triumph and the typical doubts and vigilances began. So many that Ide Schelling, a Dutchman from Bora, managed to contact him at the finish line and his arrival caused the sprint to be launched. Mikel Landa accelerated well, but Vansevenant was the fastest and imposed logic ahead of Bauke Mollema and the Basque, who took the podium. Nairo finished fourth and Carlos Rodríguez, who despite working all day could not be in front, did achieve something: his first top-10 in a level test, seventh at the finish line.

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