Only a day before, Simon Yates seemed unstoppable. However, those betting on him to finish first on stage 18 of Giro d’Italia ended up gravely disappointed. With three stages yet to come, it is a good moment to start looking for a reliable online casino to bet on the final winner: Promo from Dublinbet is a good place to start. When choosing who to bet on consider this: Yates is still first overall, but Tom Dumoulin has just gotten a bit closer to overthrowing him. He is now only 28 seconds behind the maglia rosa. The winner of the day was German Max Schachmann.
The most dramatic moment of the race was the final 2km of the 15km climb when Britain’s Chris Froome made the first attack followed closely by Italy’s Domenico Pozzovivo and Dumoulin, stretching the gap between them and Yates more and more.
“It is his first weak moment in this race, and that is nice,” Dumoulin said to the reporters swarming him after the race. “I thought I would just try to accelerate. Then I had to sit down, and Froome came past me. But I felt that I had enough in the tank to follow him and Pozzovivo.”
“Today I was better, and that is nice, but I am also well aware that this stage suited me very well,” said the Dutch. “It was super slow and flat all day, and then there was a maximum effort on the climb to the finish.“
However, Yates doesn’t seem to lose his composure due to the result.
“I feel really good. I was only bad for one kilometre, so that’s OK. I’m still in the lead, I’m still in front. Dumoulin is 28 seconds behind, not 28 seconds ahead of me. For me that’s OK.”
“Today is very different to the next few days,” Yates said. “Today was one big effort in the final. Tomorrow there are many passes and longer climbs that suit me much more. This does not hurt my confidence. I’m much more confident about tomorrow and the next day than I was about today.”
Stage 18 results
- Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/Quick-Step Floors) 4hrs 55min 42sec.
- Ruben Plaza (Spa/Israel Cycling Academy) +10secs
- Mattia Cattaneo (Ita/Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) +16secs
- Christoph Pfingsten (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +1min 10secs
- Marco Marcato (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) +1min 26secs
- Michael Morkov (Den/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 36secs
- Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus/Katusha Alpecin) +1min 52secs
- Jos van Emden (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo) +3mins 22secs
- Alex Turrin (Ita/Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) +3mins 29secs
- Davide Ballerini (Ita/Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) +5mins 09secs
- Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +11mins 03secs
- Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) same time
- Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) same time
- Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +11mins 31secs
- Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +11mins 36secs
- Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 75hrs 06mins 24secs
- Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) +28secs
- Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +2mins 43secs
- Christopher Froome (GB/Team Sky) +3mins 22secs
- Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +4mins 24secs
- Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +4mins 54secs
- Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC Racing Team) +5mins 09secs
- Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +5mins 54secs
- Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar Team) +5mins 59secs
- Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) +7mins 05secs