I Settimana Ciclistica Italiana – Sulle strade della Sardegna
Stage 1: Alghero – Sassari (155,8 km)

A beautiful land, with that constant contrast between the blue of the sea and the green of the wild countryside that characterises its interior. That was how Sardinia welcomed the peloton on the first stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana (155.8km from Alghero to Sassari), which saw victory go to Diego Ulissi (UAE). A nervous stage, with three climbs to complicate the path made even more treacherous by the wind that blew all the time to annoy the riders. A stage that has seen, as usual, the EOLO-KOMETA protagonist of the breakaway of the day with Luca Wackermann able to hit the action together with four other companions. The quintet, which reached a 4′ lead, was then caught by a group pulled by the Italian national team and Bahrain. The decisive action came on the final climb, with a small group of riders taking advantage and then going for the win.

In this group there was no EOLO-KOMETA rider, with Ropero who was not able to stay with the best (he was the first of the team to cross the finish line). “We did – said the Spanish rider – the first 30 km really strong, then when the breakaway started with Wackermann the pace dropped a bit. On the penultimate climb the race was decided, with Bahrain that pulled very strong: I was with them until 1 km from the KOM, then I had no more. The group in front wasn’t far away, we could see them: but they were going really fast and we never caught them again. It was the first day, we’ve got four more ahead of us and I’m feeling good: racing will help me improve my condition”.

Tomorrow, 185.5 km from Sassari to Oristano: nervous start, flat finish. Some changes have been done in the route of tomorrow and this is the final profile.

[ PhotoGomezSport]

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