The podium in Milan? I think about it, of course I think about it. But do not ask me for proclamations, they are bad. Refraining from dreaming did not help you, poor man Mikel Landa. The sad-smiled beret, one of the few capable of keeping up with Bernal’s wild pace uphill in Sestola, yesterday left the Giro d’Italia in an ambulance, 4100 meters from the finish line of a flat stage and on trivial paper.
Unsure whether to stay on the left o dodging a well-marked and protected median on the right, Joe Dombrowski has thought too much about what to do, first knocking down a flag-waver who signaled the danger and then rebound poor Landa. Dombrowski and the signalman got up, Mikel didn’t: his Giro ended up in hospital with a broken collarbone and several ribs.
Landa was not the only victim of the stage that started from Modena. A few kilometers before, Pavel Sivakov, second striker Ineos, had rounded up with the companion of Narvaez team (the Russian loses 13 ‘and in the evening he decides to retire), a few kilometers after the Landa accident they ended up on the ground, at the exit of a curve, the sprinter Fiorelli and the Olympian Van Avermaet.
Someone raises their voice (Bettiol talks about the dangers due to the roadway but also to the public who leans over to take pictures) but the controversy soon fades. Cattolica’s complicated and full of pitfalls finale was perfectly described in four pages of Garibaldi (the bible of the race) and in the accidents that killed Landa, Sivakov and Dombrowski (no fracture, this morning he decides whether to leave for Ascoli) the clumsiness of the the last two was obvious. That of the selfies of the fans, well documented on television yesterday, a plague but did not cause accidents.
Giro d’Italia, the decisive stages from Zoncolan to Cortina, from Canazei to Alpe Motta
On the finish line that was to be used to redeem the big riders in the first two sprints from Merlier and Van Der Hoorn, yet another disappointment for the couple Viviani & Nizzolo. Il Veronese, brought by carriage from Consonni, was passed in trumpet at 100 meters by the Milanese, in turn for being sucked in by Caleb Ewan. Ninth success between Giro, Tour and Vuelta for the Australian (This year – he says – I would like to win a stage in every great lap), tenth second place for Nizzolo who always finds a faster wheel in the Giro. While claiming he was not in shape, Ewan (lucky him) sprinted at 69.6 kilometers per hour pushing 1,560 watts on the pedals. Too many for our two heroes, for Sagan, pale fourth, and Gaviria. We will talk about revenge (fugitives permitting) Monday in Foligno.
May 13, 2021 (change May 13, 2021 | 00:07)
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