The first attacks are already taking place. Pascal Eenkhoorn tried it first and Mathieu Van Der Poel tries to give it continuity, although none of them has been successful.
We have evidence of a new abandonment in the race. Jefferson Alexander Cepeda has not taken the start.
THE STAGE BEGINS!!!
Comment that in today's stage about 40 kilometers will be covered in Slovenia, so with the start in Hungary, the race will travel through three countries in this edition of the Italian round.
In addition to the fourth scoring ports, the two usual Intermediate Sprints are planned, the first of which, located in Buja at kilometer 55, is where the valid points for the regularity classification are distributed.
And both in today's stage and in tomorrow's stage, the classification of the mountain will be resolved. The Dutch Koen Bouwman starts with a significant advantage of 115 points over Giulio Ciccone and 124 in relation to Diego Rosa.
The regularity classification is practically sentenced in the absence of the last three stages. Arnaud Démare has 254 points, 122 more than Mark Cavendish and 130 more than Fernando Gaviria.
The truth is that we are facing one of the tightest Giros d'Italia in history with only three seconds difference between Richard Carapaz, the Maglia Rosa, and Jai Hindley, the second classified. Also options to the final victory Mikel Landa. The Spaniard is in third place in the general standings, 1'05'' behind the leader.
We are already approaching the end of this Giro d'Italia 2022 and there are three decisive stages left to know the winner. Today is the first, the mountain returns after yesterday's transition day, with four scoring ports: two in the third category, another in the first category and the final ascent in the second category.
Hello !!! Welcome to the live broadcast of the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia with a route of 178 kilometers between Marano Lagunare and Santuario di Castelmonte. Ready? We start...