Remco Evenepoel became the day loser in the Strade Bianche Light, which ended up with real wear. Deceuninck leader – Quick-Step 2’08 ”walked behind Egan Arlee Bernal. Anyone who still has doubts after Sunday: The 2019 Tour winner is currently beating everything and everyone.
Remco Evenepoel’s day never radiating as self-assuredness on pebble slices as the last ten trips. exactly the contrary. He was the biggest loser that day, but is it now over? Watch the 2010s when Cadell Evans won the stage and the eventual winner would follow Evan Basu in the same Montalcino, but he finished 18th in 2’05 of the Australian who was second in the stand at the time.
Harm Vanhoucke seemed to have a good chance of winning the day, but he punched a deep hole in the final and fell. Just like last year, the Flemish West took third place in Etna after a black day for the Belgians. The win went to the new, 21-year-old Qhubeka-Assos professional, Mauro Schmid, who was stronger than the also little-known Italian, Alessandro Coffey (UAE national team).
How was the victory achieved?
Teammate Victor Campinartes was a little stronger in Montalcino in a sprint with two after a trip that overlapped the entire stage. The famous “Brunello di Montalcini Wine Stage” gave a stage on two fronts. It was evident very quickly that the winner was out of the breakup today. With a difference of less than fifteen minutes, the fugitives dived into the first of the four “stirrups”. In the second lane we lost Taco van der Horn (Intermarsh – Ante Joubert) and Bert Jan Lindemann (Kyubica-Assos), but the stage winner from Canal came back in the lead ahead of the third lane. In the end, Kofi and Schmid will leave.
Who else was in the spotlight?
Dries de Bond, who eventually finished fourth, was at the base of the team that moved away from the start in Perugia. The national champion finished sixth in Foligno the day before Rest Day, behind teammate Gianni Vermersch. Due to Tim Merlier’s departure, Alpecin-Fenix’s Anzegem 2020 champion has slightly more freedom of movement.
Along with Lawrence Nissen and Harem Vanhoek, three citizens were with us, while the Peloton appeared on the wide roads leading to the cobblestone roads.
What have you done my favorites?
Ratings shook. Only Alexander Vlasov was able to hold out somewhat, but after eleven flights, the Russian was already three quarters of a minute late.
Egan Arleigh Bernal soon realized that this was the day he could put the least slender Evinebol in the back. Even though on Rest Day he made everyone think it was about defending his position, that was just gossip. The first time Evenepoel managed to limit damage, but on the third track it appeared to be fatal. Also because it took forever – about five kilometers on the third lane before the Portuguese gave the leader of Deceuninck – a helping hand to Quick-Step. Shortly thereafter, he was alone again, and Evinebol closed my ears to call out of pure frustration.
The battle has already begun in the first streaks of four pebbles. This was by far the dangerous, unpaved sector of the Evenepoel because the road was meandering and stooping.
With Filippo Ganna – as a very noisy resident – the Colombian immediately put Remco Evenepoel, very deep in the peloton, under extreme pressure in the middle of clouds of dust. The platoon shattered.
After the first ‘Settore sterrati’, there was a half-minute gap between Ineos – who rode the first group of 21 passengers, including Soler and Ciccone – and Astana and Deceuninck – Quick-Step who attempted to bring back Vlasov and Evinboil. Jannah blew itself up after that stretch and our Belgian citizen shut down the last meters on Bernal & Co. With Almeida at the wheel, Evenballs are the only teammates in the flagship group. But as was said, the Flemish Brabantre lost the permanent connection on the third lane when Moscone, on Bernal’s behalf, withdrew again.
For Attila Walther, the three-day captain, Dan Martin (8 in the afternoon at 52 seconds) and David Formolo (10 at 1’02 “), the white roads of Tuscany were also a nightmare. They had ruthlessly descended from the top ten.
Then there was Tobias Foss who launched a Jumbo-Visma tandem attack with George Bennett, but this was more for committing a harakiri. Ineos-Grenadiers does not allow these types of jokes.
Anything else you should know?
Since the Ineos-Grenadiers and the other big teams took a few extra hours off their rest day, we got a nice old ride that was more than 14 minutes before midway. Not uncommon in modern cycling as it streams from start to finish. The lesser news was that Ecuadorian champion Jonathan Caicedo crashed onto the first strip of gravel and vanished from Jiro. Somewhat less news for his captain Hugh Cathey will soon be in the real mountains.
On Thursday afternoon, we expect another two-front race: the day the team wins and there may be another small crack line in the standings.