The Belgian cyclist Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka ASSOS) the fifteenth stage of the Italy spin, contested between Grado and Gorizia over 147 kilometers, while Colombian Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) retains the ‘pink jersey’ before the queen stage of the transalpine round.
In a transition stage between the momentous day ending at Monte Zoncolan and the arrival of the ‘tappone’ and the Dolomites, the current record holder of the hour, left with the Dutch Oscar Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix) on the climb to Gornje Cerovo, with almost 2 kilometers at 8.5% on average, and left behind with 15 kilometers to go. goal to his escape partner, the Spanish Albert Torres (Movistar).
On arrival in Gorizia, Campenaerts waited for his rival to attack on the final cobblestone and beat him to the sprint (3:25:25). The podium of the stage was completed by the German Nikias Arndt (DSM), seven seconds behind the winner, while the rest of the components of the day’s break were staggered.
At 17:21 the peloton entered with the favorites, including a Bernal who had no problem retaining the overall lead without changes. Thus, they continue with a 1:33 advantage over the Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) and 1:51 over the Italian Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious), while the Russian Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) and the British Hugh Carthy ( EF Education-Nippo) complete the ‘Top 5’.
Up to 15 riders made up the break of the day, which enjoyed more than 11 minutes of advantage and which reached the final section of the stage almost seamlessly. In the absence of about 30 kilometers, the trio formed by Campenaerts, Riesebeek and Torres distanced themselves from their escape companions to launch themselves for victory, although the Spaniard was left by the way with the onset of the rain. Finally, the Belgian managed to win.
The race will continue this Monday with the dispute of the queen stage, the sixteenth, a dolomitic journey with more than 5,500 meters of unevenness and that will cover 212 kilometers between Sacile and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The day will be hard already from the long initial climb to La Crosetta, passing through the ascents to Passo Fedaia and Giau, both of the first category, and Passo Pordoi, with constant slopes of around 6% for 12 kilometers. The stage will have a rapid descent to Cortina.