The start in Alghero was spectacular, with what seems the whole city came out to see the “grande partenza” big start with the perfect weather of 24 degrees Celsius following us the whole route. The 206 km long stage runs along the northern coast of Sardinia, before coming to finish line in Olbia.
The course is made for sprinters with few rolling hills that didn’t make any damage in peloton. The breakaway of 5 riders took off from the start and had maximum advantage of 8 minutes. They got caught 3,5 km to the finish as they just entered Olbia. 1,5km to go Bora Hansgrohe’s Lukas Postlberger made a small escape due to sharp turns inside the city and managed to keep the lead until the finish line. In the peloton sprint behind the winner Ewan Caleb just edged Andre Greipel. Vincenzo came in the time of the winner, and that was the goal of the stage.
“I think we worked very well as a team” – Enrico Gasparotto said, “Vincenzo was in the right position in the final. Actually it wasn’t an easy stage, it was all up and down, and it was a first stage of a big tour, so everyone is fresh and nervous, which makes the race even harder.”
Our sports director Gorazd Stangelj confirmed that it wasn’t easy stage – “On TV it looks like a transfer stage, but it wasn’t as easy, as you need to organize riders in narrow roads, it is nervous stage as everyone wants to stay in front, from start everyone wants to go into breakaway. For sure some of our riders spent a lot of energy to keep team and our leader in good position and safe.”