Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky) has on Friday of the race in the 43rd Round of the Alps (cat. 2.BC) on the bag. The 21-year-old Russian was not in the final stage, in which the 25-year-old Italian, Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli Sidermec) his second stage win posted. After 148,7 km from Kaltern to Bozen (South Tyrol), he had seven seconds on the Colombian Carlos Quintero. The Italian Simone Velasco was at 1:31 third. The victory of Sivakov would also be the last for Team Sky, for the British topploeg transforms coming Wednesday, as a Team, Ineos.
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In the end position has Sivakov 27 seconds for the Brit Teo Geoghegan Hart and 33 on the Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali.
In the short, but treacherous final stage, with the road the climbs to Collalbo and San Genesio, which also had to be restrained in the rain, chose eighteen riders for an early flight. In addition Masnada, Quintero and Velasco, were that Andrea Garosio, Dario Cataldo, Nikita Stalnov, Alexis Vuillermoz, Brice Feillu, Amaël Moinard, Ivan Santaromita, Alvaro Cuadros, Francesco Romano, Mikel Bizkarra, Fernando Barcelo, Sergio Samitier, Edoardo Zardini, Roland Thalmann and Tobias Bayer. Masnada, Wednesday, already winner of the third stage, was the best placed rider in the standings, with 3:37 behind Sivakov. So did Team Sky, the gap is not too large. When that five minutes was, they took something rmly to the head, but the rainy weather made it not easy. So it was Rafal Majka crashed in the descent.
Front decided Quintero and Masnada on the San Genesio their companions behind. Their lead on the favorites and ran up to seven minutes. Even Chris Froome came a hand in the chase, to the leader’s jersey from his team mate to defend. Nibali targeted then Sivakov a few times, but Sky had the Heart yet another iron in the fire and Sivakov was not. In the meantime, the bonus of Masnada and Quintero dropped to two minutes. Masnada jumped on one and a half kilometres from the arrival road at Quintero and picked up his fourth profzege.
The last of Team Sky?
For Sivakov is out of the race, his second victory among the pros. Tuesday, he opened his palmares with dagsucces in the second stage. The victory of Sivakov would also be the last for Team Sky, for the British topploeg transforms coming Wednesday, as a Team, Ineos. Sunday, Kwiatkowski and co. a last chance to sponsor Sky in the flowers. The Tour of the Alps was already the last time for Chris Froome in his familiar black outfit. Next Wednesday, he says the new colors for a formal press conference at the Tour de Yourkshire. “Then it starts a new chapter. Sky has a special place in the history of the sport of cycling was conquered. Just look at all the victories that with Sky on a wielertruitje are booked. It is the end of an era.”
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