Today, the Tour of Italy is the last flat stage before the hellish mountain finish of the Giro. A sprint finish is expected.
Primož Roglič he gave up at the end of yesterday’s 16th stage, which was enough for his two biggest rivals, the British Geraint Thomas and the Portuguese João Almeidadrove 25 seconds ahead.
The man from Kisov will now try to at least maintain the gap, if not even eliminate it, until Saturday, when the mountain time trial on Sveti Višarje is on the schedule, but today we should not expect any changes at the top.
It is a distinctly flat stage from Pergine Valsugana to Caorle, a 195-kilometer route with virtually no climb. There is a flying finish twice on the route, at the 81st kilometer in Rosa and at the 164th kilometer in Lido di Jesolo.
In the total, Roglič is 29 seconds behind for the pink shirt worn by Thomas, Almeida 18.
The stage started at 1:00 p.m. and will end shortly after 5:00 p.m.
A group of four fugitives
Shortly after the start of the stage, a group of four escapees formed (Senna Leysen, Thomas Champion, Diego Pablo Seville and Charlie Quarterman), after 20 kilometers she gained a lead of three minutes. For the most part, everything was calm, only for a moment the main favorite for the stage victory, the sprinter, stretched his legs Michael Matthews (Jayco AlUla) and Jonathan Milan (Bahrain-Victorious), but nothing came of their attack.