Right after the start, 4 riders went on the attack: Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Androni-Venezuela), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Gert Dockx (Lotto-Belisol) and Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE). The quartet reached a 5-minute maximum advantage, with the sprinters’ teams holding the reins behind. On the Crosara climb, Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) accelerated, followed by Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), while Rubiano was insisting solo in his action at the front. Visconti bridged and dropped the Colombian, and after winning the KOM he sailed solo to the finish.
“We had a slight loss of concentration today – Sports Director Oscar Pellicioli explained – after a demanding stage like yesterday’s and looking forward to the big mountains: we wanted a quiet day today, and the strong acceleration at the foot of the climb kind of surprised us. From tomorrow on it will be all about mountains until Brescia – if the weather doesn’t upset it all – so we will see what happens.”
On Thursday May 23th, the anticipated 20,6 km uphill time trial from Mori to Polsa will take place, on a route the Escarabajos recced during their winter training camp in Trentino.