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Roglic shows first sign of weakness in the Giro and lose time, a stage win for Cataldo in a small Tour of Lombardy

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After two days of high voltage in the Alps was there today with a stage between Ivrea and Como a doorslagje of the Tour of Lombardy on the program. No high mountains but yet spirited cost. And it showed the Italian Dario Cataldo after a monstervlucht the best, Richard Carapaz remains leader but especially Primoz Roglic showed first signs of weakness. He could be an attack from Nibali, not to parry and came up in the last descent almost fall. Roglic had more than half a minute to Nibali and pink sweater Carapaz.

Two Italians received from the peloton after about twenty kilometers a safe-conduct: Dario Cataldo and Mattia Cattaneo trampled under them both quickly to a lead of more than a quarter of an hour together, but given the distance, already more than two hundred kilometers, and the tricky final was there in the peloton not gepanikeerd.

Especially Mitchelton-Scott kept the pace high and on the Sormano, known from the Tour of Lombardy, it was immediately clear why. Simon Yates, little by little, better, becoming, tried to bridge, but much more than ten seconds could the Brit is also not cycling. Once reverted, and disappeared up the pace from the chasing group and got the two escapees suddenly more breathing space.

Primoz Roglic, the number two of the rankings, had to be in the final of the cycling switch and that provided at the opponents for perspectives. The final climb, at twelve kilometers from the finish, would be even fireworks make. First Yates, but then Nibali and pink sweater Carapaz decided to Roglic under pressure to convert. The leader of Jumbo-Visma, clearly not in his best day, had a hole show but was able to at your own pace while still minimize the damage. A strong Nibali went a second time, but the pink sweater was not. But there was still a descent and Nibali claimed the press systematically. Roglic took risks and almost missed a turn. Blessing in disguise: the Slovenian could be the way to continue.

In the meantime, went to the front for the victory. Cattaneo, the better climber, got Cataldo, not on the knees but the duo saw the pursuers grow ever closer. Still, they retained enough edge to be in the streets of Como for the victory sprinting. Therein drew Cataldo, the head-down, with barely ten seconds ahead of the first pursuers.

That stage:

1. Dario Cataldo (Ita)

2. Matteo Cattaneo (Ita)

3. Simon Yates (GBr) at 11”

4. Hugh Carthy (GBr)

5. Richard Carapaz (GBr)

6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)

7. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) 36”

8. Rafal Majka (Pol)

9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)

10. Mikel Landa (Spa)

General classification:

1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu)

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo) at 47”

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) at 1’47”

4. Rafal Majka (Pol) at 2’35”

5. Mikel Landa (Spa) 3’15”

6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) 3’38”

7. Jan Polanc (Slo) at 4’12”

8. Simon Yates (GBr) at 5’24”

9. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) 5’48”

10. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) 5’55”