The mountain stage brings McNulty to the Sprint

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The American Brandon McNulty crowned at the finish line in Bergamo Alta the long breakaway started by 17 riders before starting the first climb of this demanding 15th mountainous stage of the Giro d’Italia and decided in a three-way sprint to the finish line between McNulty, Healy and Frigo. It was his first victory in a Grand Tour and the first for the UAE Team at this Giro. The French Bruno Armirail He gave up half a minute compared to the big cracks, but held on to the lead with six laps to go after Monday’s break.

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The four climbs of the day have been favorable to the break and 20 kilometers from the start in Seregno has formed a break of 15 riders, including Movistar Jose Joaquin Rojas among them, with Ballerini, Velasco, Pasqualon, Bidard, Healy, Albanese, Gavazzi, Bonifazio, Huys, Berwick, Frigo, Dainese, Mollema and McNulty.

From behind they tried to communicate with the best Movistar of the general Einer Rubio (at 11’04” before the start of the stage) with Marcellusi unable to withstand the excruciating pace. Rojas dismounted to help his partner and they separated before beginning the demanding climb to the first port of call, Valico di Valcava, help that Rubio thanked. Later, Marcellusi also connected, forming an escape of 17 riders with 5’54” compared to a peloton pulled by the leader’s Groupama. Armirail. Movistar entered two riders, Israel, Intermarché and Eolo.

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the Irish Ben Healy was crowned Valico di Valcava first after a tight fight with Blonde and the escapees stretched the lead to a little over six minutes when they began climbing the Selvino100 km from the finish line. red He gave a significant acceleration and the group began to break, which was also supported by the fall of four riders, both Israel Berwick and Frigo along with McNulty and Velasco. They were joined by Marcellusi who had previously dropped off the hook, but not by Dainese who ended the break swallowed up by the peloton. The escapees, reduced to 15, joined the descent of the second category harbor which Healy had first crowned.

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With a 6’30” margin, they began the climb to Miragolo San Salvatore, 111 km from the finish line, with red setting the required speed. Healy and Rubio once again contested the prize of the mountains and this time the Colombian prevailed following the lead of Bais. Ballerini must have fallen off the hook and 14 escapees stayed ahead of the 6’30” fare.

70 kilometers from the finish line, in the open, Ben Healy tried to break the battle of the group, but Mollema and McNulty immediately brought him back with the same desire as him at the finish line of Bergamo.

The 14 breakaways reached the final 54 kilometers on the streets of Bergamo with just over six minutes remaining, Groupama never allowing more than seven minutes to comfortably maintain the ‘pink magic’ of Armirail.

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47 kilometers away, before reaching the foot of the last climb of the day (Roncola Alta), Bonifazio, a sprinter, jumped, one minute ahead of the start of the climb. In the pursuit of the plain, Rojas left the job to Healy, the main favorite because of the final profile of the stage, and already on the first steep slope, Rojas had already returned his ‘marcheta’ and ripened the weakest fighting alone eight . for Intermarché.

From behind, as the big peloton arrived at the start of the climb, Roglic’s Jumbo Visma took over from Groupama in the lead, but it was only to mature weakly and UAE with McNulty on the break took control . Then on the descent the Ineos slightly accelerate to find good descent positions. There was hardly any movement except for Almeida’s last brushstroke.

With 38 kilometers to go, Mc Nulty and Frigo reached Bonifazio and Healy released Rubio who was with him in the chase. After three kilometers they formed the leading trio with a 27″ lead and the ‘Maglia Rosa’ group just over five minutes behind. Young Healy launched a final counterattack against McNulty with 34 km to go and with 12 ” remaining. crowned the last port.

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On the descent, the American and the Irish gave themselves an individual time trial and united with 26 kilometers with 37 “to pass Frigo and with about 7 minutes on top of the big peloton. At the front they did not trusting each other at that time. of the relays and Frigo, as a block, descends until they reach them with 10 km to go.

The last 6 kilometers were a constant test between the three and they played it out on the cobblestones of Bergamo Alta after throwing all the drums in public for memory. Frigo took the initiative and the first to attack at 3.5 km was Healy and only McNulty could answer. With less than 1 km to go, Frigo overtook them and nearly stole the race. Finally, the American from the UAE took the victory with the ‘volata’ at the finish line.

The fifth has entered Einer Rubio, who paid for three days of continuous effort was crowned with that victory in the 13th period. Behind the ‘mini’ battle was unleashed by Almeida launching an attack to which Roglic and Thomas responded immediately, not the leader cutting the favorites by half a minute at the finish line.

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Source: La Verdad

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