Davide Bais of EOLO-Kometa gave former Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador his first success as a team operator with the stage victory at the Campo Imperatore ski station in the high mountains of Abruzzo. Bais outlasted Karel Vacek and Simone Petilli, several minutes ahead of the lethargic peloton, to claim the Giro’s seventh stage, more than two thousand meters above yesterday’s finish in Napoli. There were no changes to any classifications, as Andreas Leknessund retained the overall leadership, riding close to top favorites Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic on the 45-km on-and-off climb to the finish near the hotel known mostly for having once briefly imprisoned Mussolini. Evenepoel sprinted for fourth place and Roglic fifth, but no time gaps were given as the big names seemed content to make it through the chilly stage finish and save their energy for bigger days, including Sunday’s critical time trial stage.
Capua - Gran Sasso d’Italia 218 km
Well, things suddenly aren’t looking so easy anymore. First real test and temperature gauge of this race.
Expected finish time: 16:55-17:35 CEST
Imperatore of the Day : Remco Evenepoel
He looks stronges by far so far.