The cyclist And Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) has won this Wednesday the seventeenth stage of the Giro d’Italia, disputed between Canazei and Sega di Ala over 193 kilometers, fighting from the break while the leader Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) gave time to Simon Yates ( BikeExchange) on your first bad day.
The unprecedented arrival at a very hard port of Sega di Ala went a long way. After the break on Tuesday, the peloton opened the final part of this Giro at a high level, with attacks on several fronts and dips distributed among others to the ‘pink jersey’ Bernal, who lost almost a minute with Yates.
Specifically, added to the bonus at the finish line when Yates entered third after Martin and Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step), he recovered 57 seconds from Bernal, who entered the finish line seventh, shielded by his teammate Daniel Felipe Martínez, with 1:23 compared to Martin and 53 seconds lost, at the finish line, with the British.
Despite this bad day, in his first and so far only ‘downturn’ for the Colombian, Egan Bernal continues to wear the ‘pink jersey’ and continues to be a favorite in this Giro, although now the fight is somewhat more open. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious) ‘only’ stole 3 seconds from Bernal at Sega di Ala, and is now second at 2:21 overall.
Third, after his good stage, is Simon Yates, 3:23 behind Bernal. Podium lost by Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo), who falls to fifth place and is 6:09 behind the Colombian, while Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana), who also sank, like Carthy, far from the goal, is still fourth but already with 6:03 of lost time.
So Yates cuts almost a minute, Caruso 3 seconds, and Bernal sees the rest of the rivals go far away. If this has been his bad day, Bernal has a lot to do with wearing pink on the final podium in Milan. If today is a preview of the ‘pájara’ that is to come, this ‘Corsa Rosa’ has a lot of show to give.
In this amazing stage, there were falls, lows and attacks to keep dreaming. For Bernal, I touched on the second, seeing for the first time without a response from the legs. It happened with 3.1 of the goal, when he could not follow his teammate Martínez, and Yates and Almeida took the opportunity to leave him behind. Yates fighting for the race, Almeida for the stage, and only 13 seconds kept him from reaching Martin. The Portuguese, now, is eighth overall at 8:45 behind Bernal.
But it was Dan Martin, on the run by being ‘out’ of the general classification, who took advantage of the margin they gave him to put his legs to the top to win at the top. With a beastly climb, attacking his escape companions 10.4 from the topWithout stopping or looking back, he adds his 22nd victory as a professional, the first of the year and the second with his current team, added to the third stage of La Vuelta 2020.
Ciccone, affected by a fall with Evenepoel
Sega di Ala offered dizzying ramps, with a wall complex -11.3 kilometers at an average slope of 9.7-, in this climb never seen before in the Giro, which has won the power to repeat. With 27.5 kilometers left in the lead, there was a fall in favorites group that affected several runners, including a Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick Step) who had been going up.
💥😨 The fall of Evenepoel
💪🏻 He has recovered and is still on the run https://t.co/fP8Dcn2Nv3
– COPEdaleando (@Copedaleando) May 26, 2021
The Belgian was able to continue the march after being treated by the medical services, which They bandaged a cut suffered when hitting a guardrail. Spaniard Mikel Nieve (BikeExchange) also went down, and sixth overall Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo).
The Italian got up quickly and resumed the race but with some mechanical problem on his bike. In the end, with effort and in the ‘trascoche’, change of bike included, he managed to reach the peloton but, in the final climb, he paid dearly for the previous effort and now he is tenth overall.
The break of the day, made good by Dan Martin, also featured the Spaniards Luis León Sánchez (Astana) and Antonio Pedrero (Movistar), who again was very good and was virtually second until he was hunted about 3 from the finish line. On that getaway was the mountain leader Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën Team), who reinforced his candidacy to win the ‘azzurra jersey’.
This Thursday, a stage that can be misleading. The eighteenth stage will start from Rovereto and reach Stradella after 231 kilometers, an infinite distance and a fairly flat profile until the final 30 kilometers, with four heights where you can try something. Stage for escape or massive sprint if sprinters hold up to that finish, which can be explosive.