The Spanish cyclist Pello Bilbao has been imposed on seventh stage of the Giro. The team's Biscayan Astana has been the strongest in a getaway in which the Spaniards of Movistar were also José Joaquín Rojas and Antonio Pedrero. It is the first Spanish victory in this Giro, by a cyclist who was already top 10 last year (6th).
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"It was a bit improvised, today it had to be Dario Cataldo who was on the run, but I got into the group that was formed, I had legs, I've tried and I've tried," Bilbao said before. to get on the podium, happy to have achieved his first win in a three-week race. The stage of the Dauphiné achieved last year was until now its greatest success. "I have to thank the team and especially Andrey (Zeits), he has thrown very, very hard, it has been a great advantage, it has allowed me to relax a bit and focus on seeking victory, it has been impressive".
Rojas fights for 'maglia'
The demanding final kilometers, in spite of not having a scoring port, made the sieve in the breakaway, integrated by 12 runners. 8 kilometers from the finish, in L'Aquila, Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton Scott), Davide Formolo (Bora), Tony Gallopin (AG2r), Mattia Cattaneo (Androni) and the aforementioned Pello Bilbao (Astana) stayed ahead.
Rojas, who during the break had become virtually the leader of the Giro, contacted the quintet 8 kilometers from the end and attacked in search of surprise. The Murcia opened a small gap, Bilbao saw the weakness of his escape partners and counterattacked to reach the finish line in time to celebrate the victory, five seconds ahead of Gallopin.
Rojas finished entering 30 seconds behind Bilbao and placed second overall, 1.32 minutes behind the leader, Valerio Conti.
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