Osim, well known to Slovenians by its name, is this year the venue for the traditional “walls” stage of the race From Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic Sea. As many as 20 steep and short climbs are the terrain where Primož Roglič will defend the leader’s shirt with the help of the Jumbo Visme team.
“A decisive stage with these walls, the dice are there too. We have a team to race. Wout is scheduled to race again, but I will have to do it myself if I want to keep the jersey. I have to stay with the best, but I have nothing to lose, especially after two wins. Unleashed with full throttle ahead,” he told primozroglic.com after his second consecutive stage victory Primož Roglič.
There are two winning sprints uphill to the Zasava eagle took the overall lead in the 58th race From the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic Sea. But there are 15 other riders less than a minute apart, most of the teams have two or even three trumps each, which predicts an extremely eventful day.
Three times to the four-walled city circle
“Tappa dei muri” or rather, the wall stage is an annual spectacle that is prepared in the hills, villages and towns above the Adriatic coast during the race of the two seas. There are 20 different ascents on the 193 km long circular route around Osim, where you go three times around the city circle with four walls. The most difficult are the last ones in the city on Roncisvalle Street (1 km with 15%, maximum 22%) and just before the finish line on Olimpia Street (1 km with 7.5%, maximum 16%). Start at 11:30 a.m., finish around 4:15 p.m.
According to the distribution in the general classification, the attacks of the Bora Hansgrohe team (Kämna, Vlasov and Hindley) and the UAE Emirates team (Almeida, McNulty and Yates) are expected. At the same time, Mathieu van der Poel has his own plans for a stage win, and judging by Roglic’s words, so does Wout van Aert. But Jumbo Visma also has Wilco Kelderman in the game along with Roglič, who is still waiting for his first victory in the world series, even though he has an incredible 138 rankings in the top ten.