A new breakaway went after a stage of this Giro. The Italian Alberto Bettiol won the 18th stage, the longest of this edition of the Giro d’Italia, ahead of his breakaway companions. The peloton arrived 23 minutes late, with no change to note in the general classification, Egan Bernal retaining the pink jersey.
The Italian Alberto Bettiol (EF Education) won solo the 18th stage of the Tour of Italy, the longest of the event with 231 kilometers, this Thursday in Stradella, in the north of the country. The peloton, with the carrier of the pink jersey, the Colombian Egan Bernal (Ineos), crossed the line with a delay of more than 23 minutes.
Frenchman Cavagna places an attack too early
Bettiol left his companions behind in a breakaway river of 23 riders launched from the first hour of this long transition stage. On the line, the Italian, surprise winner of the Tour of Flanders 2019, preceded his compatriot Simone Consonni by about fifteen seconds, ahead of the Irishman Nicolas Roche.
At the front, the French Rémi Cavagna placed a sharp start 26 kilometers from the finish. But he saw Bettiol come back, chasing him in the vineyards of Oltrepo, and gave in abruptly a few moments later on the last hill. Bettiol, alone in the lead in the last seven kilometers, took off the third success of his career, his first in the Giro. The Tuscan also signed the fifth Italian victory since leaving Turin.
“Hugh Carthy told me to try and have fun”
“It was perhaps the last chance for me to win a stage”, appreciated Bettiol before continuing: “Yesterday (Wednesday, editor’s note), I worked for Hugh Carthy who did not have a good day but who is still fifth in the standings. This morning, he gave me the release slip. He told me to try and have fun. “
Friday, the 19th stage skips the ascent of Mottarone, out of respect for the victims of the cable car accident that occurred in this place last Sunday. But it keeps most of its route between Abbiategrasso and Alpe di Mera (166 km), to end with a climb of 9.7 kilometers at 9% average slope.