Perfect day for the Bahrain-Victorious, who won the stage and performed well overall! Starting in the right breakaway, Santiago Buitrago distanced his runaway companions one by one on the final ascent, Monterovere, to win this 17th stage in Lavarone. This is only the second career success of the Colombian, already winner at the start of the season on the Saudi Tour. Behind, the favorites went to war again and if Carapaz kept his pink jersey, Joao Almeida (again) cracked. This time, the Portuguese spent more than a minute, losing his 3rd place to Mikel Landa, and no doubt said goodbye to his dreams of final victory. Buitrago, management model With two 1st category passes in the last 50 kilometers but a first part generally on a false flat descending after the cold crossing of Tonale, the profile clearly favored the victory of a breakaway and, unsurprisingly, it still went to the end. The INEOS Grenadiers team was content to limit the lead due to the presence of Jan Hirt, 8th overall at 7’42” from Carapaz at the start of Ponte di Legno. But in the final ascent of Monterovere and its 7.9km at 9.9%, it was not Hirt who was found in action but another mountain adventurer, Santiago Buitrago. breakaway to win at Lavarone: the finish on videoAN HOUR AGOComing out in the descent of the Vertiolo, Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and especially Leemreize (Jumco-Visma) thought they had done the hardest part by relegating the best climbers at 1’30”. But the two Dutchmen stuck in the highest percentages and the Colombian from Bahrain-Victorious came back little by little, managing his rise to perfection. If Van der Poel got stuck, Buitrago only came back to Leemreize 500m from the summit. One hundred too many for the Dutchman, unable to follow the acceleration of the Colombian, left to offer himself his first victory on a Grand Tour, at 22 years old. The icing on the cake of a perfect day for his team, since Landa climbs on the provisional podium of the general. Once again, the favorites tightened the pace only on the last climb. Once again, Landa was unable to get rid of Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) and Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe). Once again, Almeida gave in on the accelerations, limiting the damage to the train. But this time, the trio quickly put aside their desire to fight to better eliminate the Portuguese from the race for the podium. The understanding of the three men and especially the help provided by Poels (Bahrain-Victorious) finally cost Almeida dearly, once again too alone on the false flats separating Monterovere and the finish. The Portuguese spent 1’10” on the pink jersey and the Australian and 1’04” on Landa, who got stuck in the final “sprint”. Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), white jersey on his back, crosses the finish line of the 17th stage disputed between Ponte di Legno and Lavarone, on 05/25/2022Credit: Getty ImagesOverall, Carapaz still has a 2” lead over Hindley but Landa is now in 3rd place, 1 Ecuadorian ’05”. Fourth, his place already in the 2020 edition, Almeida is 1’54” behind the leader. A disbursement which almost definitively takes him out of the race for final victory. He can still believe in the podium in Verona but the trend is not for such a scenario. Behind, the other main failure of the day came from Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux), who arrived 11’35 ” from the winner of the day in the company of Valverde (Movistar) and who went from 6th to 10th place. Make way for the sprinters? Fortunately for his training, Hirt took advantage of his breakaway to move up to 7th position, less than a minute and a half from Nibali’s 5th place. Arrived quietly at 34’50”, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) can already look to tomorrow, where he should have the opportunity to compete in a sprint in Treviso. The last of this Giro.GiroGiro finished for Yates3 HOURS AGOGiroGuillaume Martin: “I don’t know if it’s going to be enough to give the maximum”5 HOURS AGO
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