As it had often happened during the Giro d’Italia, at least one rider of the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA was in the main breakaway of the day.
After 34 km in the 19th stage (236 km from Gravellona Toce to the summit arrival in Cervinia) which were covered at a very fast pace (50 km/h of average speed in the first hour of the race), Diego Ulissi and other 8 riders succeded in escaping from the bunch.
Unfortunately for the winner of Fiuggi stage, the cooperation between the attackers got broken on the first Kom climb of Saint-Barthélemy (1st category, 69 km to go), so Ulissi set his own pace and he was reached by the peloton.
The stage was won by Aru, who preceded Hesjedal (Polanc, 40th, was the first LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athlete who reach the arrival); Contador is still leader of the overall classification.
“It was very difficult to be in the main breakaway, because the early kilometers were covered at a very high speed – Ulissi (photo Bettini) explained – After such efforts, on the first climb of the stage the breakaway, some attacks began in our breakaway group, so there were not any more the necessary conditions which could have granted to the breakaway to try to reach the arrival, also in consideration of the fact that the bunch was pedaling on a regular and quite high speed.
I would have liked to exploit the reamining energies to give more satisfactions to the team, so I tried hard but today it was not possible“.
Przemyslaw Niemiec, as his team mates, was very active in the realy kilometers in trying to join a breakaway: “I made many attack attempts, but none of them was succesful.
The three climbs of today stage were suitable for me, so it would have been great for me to be in the head of the race. Unfortunately, I missed the best attack, but at that point I had already spent many energies“.
1- Aru 6h24’13”
2- Hesjedal 28″
3- Uran 1’10”
5- Kruijswijk s.t.
40- Polanc 18’58”
1- Contador 78h48’40”
2- Aru 4’37”
3- Landa 5’15”
4- Amador 8’10”
5- Konig 10’47”
40- Niemiec 2h19’36”