- It was our plan to attack, but, in a stage like today it is easier to plan something or even to do a move than to stay in front and keep your advantage. Our team did a great job today and in the end Jan Hirt was super strong. Maybe, we went in front a bit earlier. So, in the end I did my attack later and I could go away with Carapaz. Well, it was a good move, but after the yesterday’s tough stage I could not get more. I hope tomorrow we will have a chance to recover a bit before the last two hard days in the mountains, - said Miguel Angel Lopez.
After his attack together with Lopez, Richard Carapaz is still leading the general classification of the race, having 1 minute 54 seconds on Vincenzo Nibali (currently, second) and 2 minutes 16 seconds on Primož Roglič (currently, 3rd). Miguel Angel Lopez, staying at 6th place, has a deficit of 6 minutes 17 seconds. In the white jersey classification the Astana rider increased his advantage over Pavel Sivakov to 2 minutes 4 seconds.
Stage 17 (Commezzadura – Anterselva, 181 km) ended with a solo victory of the French rider Nans Peters, who made a late attack from the daily breakaway group.
Stage 18 will be held tomorrow: 222 km from Valdaora to Santa Maria di Sala.
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