The uphill final to the Oropa sanctuary made some strong selection between the GC contenders. The Estonian athlete of the Astana Pro Team ended the stage 10th at 46 seconds from the winner. The Italian Dario Cataldo was unfortunately hit at the rear deralleiur in the topic moment of the final climb and, with all the Team cars far behind, was obliged to continue and finish the climb with the broken derailleur, finishing honorably in 21st position at 1:44 from the winner.
In the GC now Kangert is 7th at 4:55 and Cataldo is 12th at 7:13. In the Team Classification by time, the Astana Pro Team is 2nd at 3:54.
“I felt pretty good after a couple of ‘recovery’ days – commented Tanel Kangert after the stage – in the final climb, everyone was expecting a very high rhythm and so it was.”
“As characteristics normally I prefer steepest climbs than the one we did today, anyway I did my rhythm and I finished among the strongest GC contenders” continued Kangert.
“There is still more than one week of race and it’s full of climbs – concluded the Estonian – I’m confident my condition will continue to grow as it grew in the last days…”.
“Exactly in the moment that the race exploded, one rider from the right side has hit my rear derailleur, breaking it – explained Cataldo after the finish – the team’s cars where far behind and I continued to climb as well as possible… it’s a pity to waste seconds this way.”
Today’s stage has been won by the Dutch Tom Dumoulin who has this way strengthened his leadership in the GC.
Tomorrow, last stage before the rest day, from Valdengo to Bergamo, 199 km with the last 50 km very nervous, with the climb to Miragolo, Selvino and Città Alta in Bergamo.