The summit arrival on Trije Kralji did not give satisfactions to LAMPRE-MERIDA: it crowned with the jersey leader the Portuguese Machado, who was second on the arrival just behind the winner Bongiorno.
The race had his key moment at 4 km to go, after that the rest of the stage had been led by a four men breakaway (Fedi, Stimulak, Brutt and Tehuns) that had covered for first the three Kom of the course.
Once the attack had been neutralized, Bongiorno attacked and only Machado and Zakarin could chase him: they were preceded for 1″ and 7″.
Diego Ulissi was awaited as protagonist, but he did not fulfill the expectations: “I asked my team mates to work for me, also in the chase of the breakaway: they were great, Xu Gang too. In the approach of the final climb I was still sure I could have performed a good final part of the stage, but at 8 km to go I started to face difficulties and I dropped from the head of the group.
I’m sorry for my mates, I would have liked to become aware of my difficult day earlier in the stage”.
Horner (photo Bettini archive) stage was better, since he could reach the arrival in 17th position at 1’44″ to the winner and now he’s 14th in the overall classification: very good performance in his first time on a summit arrival after he came back to race.
1- Bongiorno 5h09’17″
2- Machado 1″
3- Zakarin 7″
4- Rabottini 29″
5- Yates s.t.
17- Horner 1’44″
1- Machado 9h20’43″
2- Zakarin 23″
3- Rabottini 33″
4- Koren 35″
14- Horner 2’15″