Giro d’Italia 2021 : Stage 18– A blitzing win for Bettiol as the GC riders keep their powder dry.

Let the records show that Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia was taken in fine style by Alberto Bettiol of EF Education-Nippo. The Italian on the US team made it into the 23-man break on the longest stage of the race, attacked with panache over the four climbs in the finale, and soloed over the line in pure, unadulterated joy to take his first victory on home soil. Rather fittingly, considering the race organisers might have laughingly labelled this is a sprint stage, Simone Consonni (Cofidis) revved it up to take second place from Team DSM’s indefatigable Nicolas Roche. The peloton were led over the line, and indeed for most of the 180km after the break went away, by Filippo Ganna (INEOS) some 23 minutes later. There is no change in podium positions with Egan Bernal (INEOS) still in pink and still facing the mountains in the next two stages.
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VeloVoices Awards 2019: Surprise of the Year

Last year, it was Mads Pedersen‘s second place in the Ronde van Vlaanderen … will he get it again this year, but this time for the rainbow jersey? Or will Alberto Bettiol win for his surprise Ronde win? There was a mystifying transfer, a big race disappearing and a lot of conflicting testimony … It’s time to vote for your Surprise of the Year …

Voting ends on 14 December 2019 at 11.59PM, GMT. If you think there’s someone who should be on the list, there’s a write-in option on the poll at the bottom of the post! 

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