They call it the new frontier of cycling or, more simply, it is the new one that advances and proposes itself in an increasingly winning way.
The wind of Africa now also blows on the Giro d'Italia and comes to sweep it after 104 editions and 10 stages
, but above all after a very hard stage as only in the Marche, between walls, short and steep descents, imploded attacks.
It could have (and should have) been the stage of
Mathieu Van der Poel
it was that of
, the first Eritrean to win a classic from the north (the Ghent-Wevelgem), who won after a sprint for two, revolutionizing the historical hierarchies of cycling.
The first to congratulate him was the Dutchman, son and grandson of art, shortly after the finish line.
"It is a historic day, truly extraordinary for me, it is the first victory in a great stage race - says Girmay -: in the final I had to slow down a bit, then I went to full speed and checked the bike with great attention
. the last 400 meters were endless for me
, after such a hard day.
From the beginning many attacked, in the end we were almost two. "Today's stage was held in the name of Michele Scarponi, complete with a passage in 'his' Filottrano, in the province of Ancona, just over 5 years old. after the accident that ended the life of the winner of the Giro d'Italia 2011. A new mural in memory of Scarponi was exhibited in the cursed curve, on Provinciale 362, where on 22 April 2017 the champion from the Marche lost his life, hit by a van, while he was training on the roads home in view of a new adventure in the Giro d'Italia.
On the walls of the Marche, often the scene of the Tirreno-Adriatico stages, the favorites soon came out, especially
Alessandro De Marchi
and Mathieu Van der Poel, specialists in this type of tracks.
But there was also glory the usual
Mattia Bais and Lawrence Naesen
He held almost until the end, and it was a real surprise, even
, with the cyclamen jersey on, as well as
Fernando Gaviria and Giacomo Nizzolo.
Caleb Ewan and Mark Cavendish
, on the other hand, have sunk, suffering the pains of hell.
De Marchi's adventure ended at -20 kilometers from the finish.
The race exploded on the Monsano climb, with Pozzovivo and Nibali in the very first positions.
4 kilometers from the finish, Van der Poel's sprint, chased by Girmay, then the grand finale, with the African first across the finish line.
Until a few years ago it would have been unthinkable.
Excellent third place for Vincenzo Albnanese: a blue note in the desert of current events.
Eleventh stage, from Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna (Rimini) to Reggio Emilia, the riders will be able to breathe a sigh of relief and
Juan Pedro Lopez Perez
will still be able to keep the pink jersey.
Not even the Spaniard himself would have believed it.