Dubai: Diego Ulissi rider from the Emirates team Diego Ulissi reached an exciting climax to secure a victory in the third stage of the Giro d’Italia, with Joao Almeida behind as the Portuguese increased his overall lead .
Ulissi drove for the line at the end of a 192km ride between Cervia and Monselice to gain the upper hand over Deceuninck-Quick Step’s overall leader Almeida and Patrick Konrad of the Bora-Hansgrohe team.
He helped Almeida to the finish line, and the Italian won his second innings in the Giro this year and the eighth of his career. Almeida earned a six-time second bonus to extend his lead further to 40 seconds on Wilco Kelderman and 49 seconds on Pello Bilbao in the General Classification.
With two Tests classified in the last 35 km, it was Valerio Conti who came under pressure to release the two main sprinters, Groupama-FDJ’s Arnaud Demare and Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe, at an average of 9.9 percent. final climb of 2km which at 17km to go.
And with only the overall classification favorites in the main group, it was Emirates rider from the Emirates, Brandon McNulty, who took the reins in the final, and his teammate Ulissi perfectly led to open the sprint to the 32nd victory of the season for the Emirati team and an appropriate team performance. It was the second shift victory for Italian Ulissi after his triumph at the second stage in Agrigento last week.
‘On the last climb we did well in their task of breaking away from the sprints and getting into a small group. We knew that if we could keep them away, we would get the chance to fight for the sprint. “I have to thank the whole team who first set it up perfectly with Conti, and then with a good lead from McNulty who set me up in the final,” said Ulissi. “Since we started the season again, I’m doing really well and I’m so glad I won two innings, which I can add to my previous six wins here,” he added.
Saturday’s 14th stage will be a race against the clock, with a wavy individual time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene over 34.1 km.
Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) 4:22:18
2. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck Quick step) same time
3. Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the same time
1. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) 53:43:58
Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) + 40s
Pello Bilbao (Bahrain McLaren) + 49s
11. Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) + 2’39 ”
Source: Gulf News