the purse of the favorites after the second week. Pogacar has closed the practice, Tiberi comes down

the purse of the favorites after the second week. Pogacar has closed the practice, Tiberi comes down
the purse of the favorites after the second week. Pogacar has closed the practice, Tiberi comes down

We are on the second day of rest: after the very tough stage with arrival at the top of Mottolino, the Giro d’Italia stops again waiting for the grand finale, the third and final week. Let’s find out in detail the portfolio of the favorites in view of the last five stages.

WHO GOES UP

Tadej Pogacar: Yesterday’s victory was devastating. He took matters into his own hands when the group was three minutes behind because he absolutely wanted success and went to catch all the escapees one by one, and then triumphed alone, gaining a margin that was now unattainable for his rivals in the general classification. Even in the time trial he gave a monstrous demonstration of strength. The practice is closed, he will perhaps be able to achieve his fifth victory in the third week, then he will focus on the Tour.

Geraint Thomas: it even seems to be growing, almost as expected on the eve. Age and experience take their toll on the Welshman, but in a positive way. The Ineos Grenadiers rider moves very well in the Desenzano del Garda time trial and, also taking advantage of Arensman’s support, on the Mottolino day he is in pure control towards second position in the general classification.

Daniel Martinez: the time trial wasn’t exceptional, but the Colombian proved to be the best of the men in the classification uphill, maintaining the temporary podium without any worries (he was third immediately behind Thomas). He will be fighting in the last week, but he has all it takes to finish in the top-3.

Thymen Arensman: he started slowly, held back by some physical problems, but now he is among the fittest men on the climb. He can aspire to the top-5, to the Maglia Bianca and can be a fundamental support for Thomas in the last stages of the climb.

WHO COMES DOWN

Antonio Tiberi: he had been phenomenal in the time trial, going at the pace of the best, but his effort probably paid off in the decisive moment. The test in the Alps was not fully passed: the Lazio rider in Bahrain-Victorious went into crisis and lost several seconds to his rivals. He remains fifth, with the Maglia Bianca: the hope is that he can maintain this result.

Ben O’Connor: so much regularity, he is still in full contention for the podium, but growth was expected in these days for the Australian who instead doesn’t seem to be able to attack Thomas and Martinez on the climbs, at least at the moment.

 
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