The stern has solved the fatigue problem and it has covered the longest phase (231 kilometers) of the trip to Spain in rain and fog between Moss and Pebla de Sanabria on Thursday.
Montreal rider James Piccoli (Israel start-up country) is only three days away from the first major cycling tour of his career. He is more than 12 minutes behind the Belgian, ending his day and a half of work for more than six and a half hours. Rank 124.
In the first place in the regular competition, Piccoli’s leader Dan Martin remained fourth, 1 minute and 42 seconds behind the group leader Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma). Richard Karapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers, +39 seconds) and Hugh Cassie (EF Pro Cycling, +47 seconds) are close behind.
Mattia Cattaneo, a member of 12 riders who left the operation that day, fled 30 kilometers. The Italian was able to form a gap of one and a half minutes between his former companions. Swiss driver Gino Mader (NTT Pro Cycling) tried to chase him 5 kilometers to get it back for a minute, except for the wasted energy, he was swallowed by the executives.
Cattaneo suffered the same fate at 3.5 kilometers from the finish line, but behind the sprinter, the fast-moving ball rushed in without worrying about it. Indeed, the organizers ruled that once the 3-kilometer line is crossed, the time difference is no longer calculated because the accumulation of oil and water on the slippery sidewalk makes the road more slippery. Therefore, more security has been provided for 145 survivors, some of whom are already considering finally arriving in Madrid on Sunday.