The Frenchman heart of provence Peters (AG2R) has the seventeenth stage of the Tour of Italy won. The young promise reed in the tricky finale to Antholz away from a leading group of eighteen, with Thomas De Gendt and Jan Bakelants. In the peloton of the favorites did Movistar riders Landa and Carapaz yet again is a good thing and seems to be the Giro as well as driven.
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After the murderous and ice-cold stage over the Mortirolo were the riders today, a lighter bite for me). The 181 kilometres between this latter and the Lake were indeed strong, undulating but the really high mountains stood, this time not on the program. The finish line was in the biathlonstadion Lake, where next year the world championships biathlon will be organised. The last five kilometers in the direction of the biathlonstadion were not of the cat: five kilometres of eight percent on average. Ideal terrain for the strong guys.
It’s a perfect opportunity for the ‘baroudeurs’ to their battle to save it. The opening phase was, therefore, one of attack and hope that you find the right flight sat. No easy task, as it turned out. One attack followed the other, but each time there was someone who started had missed and therefore decided to close the gap.
Passo della Mendolo
It was also waiting on the first climb of the day – the Passo della Mendolo – before in tabs a group of eighteen riders came. Along with two compatriots, the expected names: Thomas De Gendt and Jan Bakelants. Best placed rider in the breakaway was Davide Formolo. The Bora-rider was for the start of the stage is on the twelfth place with more than eleven minutes down on the year old leader Richard Carapaz. The Ecuadoriaan celebrated his 26th birthday in the pink sweater.
At the front was understanding more than excellent and that soon resulted in a gap of up to eight minutes, so that Formolo prompt the top five was approaching. Movistar limited to check, Team Ineos put a man in the chase for the top ten of their Russian leader Sivakov to indemnify.
Jan Bakelants tickled the clearly. The experienced Kempenaar decided to climb to the Terrento to use for his vluchtgezellen to go for a drive. Anticipate? It seemed already that Bakelants is not one hundred percent felt and decided to take some advantage on the penultimate climb of the day.
Thomas De Gendt felt clear in his sas. The cultrenner of Lotto-Soudal took on the penultimate climb of the initiative, dunde the leading group and made sure that Bakelants was re-bijgebeend. In the peloton, they remained simple pace drive so that it soon became clear that the winner in the front sat.
The knowledge that a win in the horizon, caused unrest in the breakaway. There was based a story of permanent demarreren and return. Thomas De Gendt was initially relatively low profile, it was the young Frenchman, the heart of provence Peters who, as the first shot did to the victory. Too early, thought everyone but when the young Frenchman, three kilometers from the finish, still more than a minute ahead on a straightforward front group, it looked suddenly quite nice for the rider of AG2R.
In the peloton the tempo was increased by the riders of the Astana team in the service of Miguel Angel Lopez. Oddly enough, had Lopez as first the better later drive, Landa took over the attack, while Carapaz focused on Roglic and Nibali.
Front reed Peters strong way to his first profzege ever, in the background, it was Landa who tried the podium of Roglic to threaten. Lopez responded, Carapaz went along in contrast to Nibali and Roglic. The Ecuadoriaan grabbed a few extra seconds and increased again the gap on Nibali and Roglic. Is the stage for Richard Carapaz.
1. The Heart Of Provence Peters (Fra)
2. Esteban Chaves (Col) 1’34’”
3. Davide Formolo (Ita) on 1’51”
4. Fausto Masnada (Ita)
5. Krists Neilands (Note)
6. Tanel Kangert (Est) at 2’02”
7. Valerio Conti (Ita) at 2’08”
8. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita)
9. Chris Hamilton (Aus) in 2’22”
10. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) at 2’34”
1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu)
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) 1’54”
3. Primoz Roglic (Slo) at 2’16”
4. Mikel Landa (Spa) 3’03”
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) 5’07”
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) 6’17”
7. Rafal Majka (Pol) 6’48”
8. Simon Yates (GBr) at 7’13”
9. Pavel Sivakov (Rus) to 8’21”
10. Davide Formolo (Ita) at 8’59”