Irish professional cyclist Daniel Martin won the seventeenth stage of the Tour de Italia after a brave performance. The 34-year-old from Israel’s Start-Up Nation team sits in the difficult section of Canazei 193 kilometers to Sega di Ala with a total of 3,700 meters in height ahead of Portugal’s Joao Almeida + 13s) and Britain’s Simon Yates (BikeExchange / + 30) . Martin celebrated at least one day’s victory in all of the Big Three rounds.
Meanwhile, Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadier) continues to score his first victory at Giro – despite initial weaknesses. The 24-year-old Colombian, the first South American tour winner in 2019, surpassed the finish line 1:23 minutes behind Martin in seventh place, but kept Maglia Rosa.
One day after his victory at the Queen’s Theater, Bernal surprisingly revealed problems for the first time at this year’s Giro, three kilometers from the end.
When his opponents rose from their pace again to climb to the finish line on Sega di Ala, he had to let go. Next to him was the Italian Damiano Caruso (the victor of Bahrain), who took second place in the overall standings. Bernal continued to advance by 2:21 minutes over Caruso, Yates improved to third place by 3:23 minutes.
The 18th and longest stage of this tour leads the Peloton at a distance of 231 kilometers from Rovereto to Stradella on Thursday. At the end of the day, it was time for sprinters again, because the section was mostly flat, but there was still a short climb in Category 4 to master at the 22.4 km.