The eighteenth stage of the Giro knew Thursday a blistering denouement. The Italian Rider Damiano Cima? remained as only one of a long flight of three in the last straight line the sprintende platoon. Pascal Ackermann came to an fietslengte too short for a third stage win in this Giro, but grabs the jersey of a poker playing Démare. The German has the points classification now, as well as within.
After six rides for the climbers was the word on Ascension day, finally back to the sprinters in the Giro. Only, as much germany there were not more about. Gavira, Ewan, Viviani and Nizzolo were already home. Only Arnaud Démare (1 stage win in this Giro) and Pascal Ackermann (2 stage wins in this Giro) standing still at the start in Valdaora. And so fell the weight of the course on the shoulders of their teams Groupama-FDJ and BORA-Hansgrohe.
The stage started at an elevation of 1.096 metres, but afterwards it went 222 km in falling or flat line in the direction of the arrival in the neighbourhood of Venice. Mirco Maestri (Bardiani – CSF), Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale) and Damiano Cima (Nippo – Vini Fantini – Faizanè) were the three lucky ones who after fifty kilometers managed to emerge from the grip of the peloton struggling. For Cima, it was hardly a scoop. For the beginning of this stage he was second in the Classifica Fuga Pinarello, the ranking of the most mileage in the attack. 760 km reed Cima in this year’s Giro is already on the head. And there he would Thursday a further 172 km of add. In this way he became the new leader in this nevenklassement, where a premium of up to 8.000 € to fixed depends.
Démare and his soldiers play a game of poker
It was especially the strong German Nico Denz that the engine of the escape was. The 25-year-old powerhouse of AG2R La Mondiale took his companions in tow, and resulted in the final for the necessary nervousness in the peloton. There had EF Education First (Sean Bennett), Israel Cycling Academy (Cimolai) and Dimension Data (Ryan Gibbons) a hand at the troops of Bora-Hansgrohe (Pascal Ackermann). The FDJ-a brigade of purple jersey Arnaud Démare kept himself remarkably aloof. Because their captain in the lead, was in the points classification, and not a bunch sprint needed to add additional points to address, they played a game of poker in the peloton.
It was a nerve-wracking final in the direction of Santa Maria di Sala. At 25 kilometers from the finish line kept the three heroes of the day, still three minutes ahead. At 10 kilometers from the finish remained there for 1 minute. The threesome seemed to go on falling after an unsuccessful attack of Nz on three kilometres from the end. Certainly, when under the red rag the train of Arnaud Démare yet started.
In a blistering sprint continued to Damiano Cima the spurtende platoon with a fietslengte for. A dispirited Pascal Ackermann threw his steering wheel as a second over the meet. The German missed narrowly a third stage win in this Giro, but grabs the jersey of Démare who is only in eighth. Ackermann (226 points) now has 13 points more than Démare (213 points) and has the sprintersklassement as well as within.
For the 25-year-old Damiano Cima is the most beautiful victory of his career. For his team Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè was an absolute great day. We have only pity for Nico Denz. The German was the only reason why the flight of the day was successful, but the Nz ended in a eleventh place.
Friday back climbing
Friday is the back to the climbers. The peloton crosses than 151 kilometres from Treviso to San Martino di Castrozza. The stage is not very difficult, with on the way a climb of third and one fourth category. The finish is on a climb of second category (13,6 km at 5.6 percent).
1. Damiano Cima (Ita/NIP)
2. Pascal Ackermann (Ger/BOH) at 0:00
3. Simone Consonni (Ita/UAD) 0:00
4. Florian Sénéchal (Fra/DQT) 0:00
5. Ryan Gibbons (ZAf/TDD) 0:00
6. Manuel Belletti (Ita/ANS) 0:00
7. Davide Cimolai (Ita/ICA) 0:00
8. Arnaud Démare (Fra/GFC) 0:00
9. Sean Bennett (VSt/EF1) 0:00
10. Mirco Maestri (Ita/GERMANY) 0:00
1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/MOV)
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/TPM) at 01:54
3. Primoz Roglic (Sln/TJV) 02:16
4. Mikel Landa (Spa/MOV) 03:03
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned/TFS) 05:07
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/AST) 06:17
7. Rafal Majka (Pol/BOH) 06:48
8. Simon Yates (GBr/MTS) 07:13
9. Pavel Sivakov (Rus/INS) 08:21
10. Davide Formolo (Ita/BOH) 08:59 .