Giro d'Italia 18: The Colombian Bussiness

Arredondo winnin stage 18 summit finishYoung, strong, impatient: Julian Arredondo was quick to learn. He has good teacher on TFR team car. He didn't waste anything this time: KOM points and stage victory. All. 
He was in a break-away with Wellens, Cataldo, De Gendt, Deignan, Pellizotti, Rovny, Sella and Zardini. The peloton didn't seem interested in the chase. At the first KOM Arredondo and Cataldo sprinted for the points (1st and 2nd as they stay in the Mountain Classification) then slowed down and  five riders created a gap in the descent: they were Wellens, Basso, De Gendt, Duarte and Sella. But they came back together in the flat.
20 km to go the gap still was more than 7' and still Movistar wasn't chasing. The final climb started. Finally AG2R went to the front and set a decent pace. The gap suddenly decreased and De Gendt thought it was time to go. Several riders tried to follow: Basso first, then Cataldo with Arredondo and Deignan. They got a gap but Duarte and Pellizzotti managed to come back. The hardest of the climb was over when Arredondo set the decisive attack: he quickly caught De Gendt but the situation was still very fluid, with Duarte and Deignan very close and Cataldo slightly dropped. Pellizzotti and De Gendt both trying to excape. 
Deignan: Continued team's attacking GiroMeanwhile in the Maglia Rosa group Pierre Rolland was making a brutal selection, Quintana on his wheel. I got the impression he was working for him. I got the impression that Quintana let him finally go when he finally attacked. 
And Cadel Evans cracked. Dropped he lost a lot of time and many places in the GC. Remark the huge class of Fabio Aru who immediatelly felt the danger and worked hard to close the gap.
But it was a Colombian bussiness in front and behind. OPQS attacked Quintana in the finale but the previous race leader couldn't drop the current one and finished on his wheel.
Julian Arredondo had already crossed the line, solo and victorious. 2nd an impressive Duarte. 3rd a great Philip Deignan. Once again Team Sky did a very good race but results were under their expectations. Bravo anyway, to Dario Cataldo especially: everyday on the attack!

What Julian Arredondo said:
“I have to give a big thanks to my director and coach Josu [Larrazabal]. I wanted to attack at the bottom of the last climb but he told me from the team car, ‘no, no no! take it easy, not yet!’ Then with four kilometer to go he said, ‘Julian now!’ I won this stage to a great degree from his advice.
I felt good today. I thought it could be my day. After all the difficult moments in this race - like two days ago over the Stelvio when Josu had to put me in the car to warm me up – and being in Italy away from home the last six years, this stage has repaid all my hard work. Today is the beginning, I hope, of great things for me. I want to dedicate this win to Josu, and to my team who stayed around me at all the difficult moments. We are very much a family.”
TFR DS Josu Larrazabal: “It was a very strong break with good riders. Julian was calm at the end. We asked him to wait until last 4k and then when he goes, go full gas. We were four times so close so he deserved the win, the team deserved the win - this win is the win of the team. It is a really nice way to finish the Giro in the last week. We knew that if Julian could be in the break to fight for the blue jersey that he would also stand a chance at a stage win. So that was the goal, and the team did a great job to help Julian get in the break. The valley was long before San Pellegrino and the others, like Eugenio [Alafaci], Boy [van Poppel], and Fumy [Beppu], did a great job to keep him in good position so he could jump on the climb. It was teamwork to get him in the break.”

Team Sky DS Dario Cioni: "We were interested in getting in the break. It wasn’t an easy one as it took some time to get going. By the time it went the peloton were starting to climb which maybe made it a bit easier. Dario was in the first group and then Philip bridged with a few other riders.
Dario had been very active since the beginning and out of 14 riders it was great to get two from our team in there – especially two riders who were so well-suited to the terrain.
It wasn’t the toughest climb from a gradient point of view but it was a long climb and the riders aren’t as fresh now nearly three weeks in. Our guys did a great job. Dario maybe paid for all the work he did early on. Philip did a brilliant job and up to the final two or three kilometres we were in the mix for the win. Arredondo then just showed he had a little bit more so hats off to him.”

What De Gendt and Uran said:
You can read it here:
It seems that OPQS doesn't want you post their 'press release'... Weird but that is: they send you a link to a page you can't copy. It was possible to do that sharing with FB but now it's just twitter so... ok :)

What Cadel Evans said:
"These next two days are still going to change things around, so I am not so diluted by the whole thing. I was
not at the level of the others, but I think we will get a better idea of who is the best in the time trial. But there is still one more day after that where things can turn around. This Giro has been so hard thus far, but the time gaps are so close between third and ninth place despite all the racing we have had. Now, just a little bit of difference in today's stage, tomorrow's stage and the day after is still going to make a difference. So it's not over until it's over."

Team Tinkoff DS, Lars Michaelsen: 
“We had Rovny in the first group and our plan was to make him stop taking turns up there while we wanted to put on the pressure on the penultimate climb. But as Rafa was suffering from stomachaches throughout the stage, we cancelled the move. On the final climb, it was all about limiting the losses to his rivals but in fact, he’s now only two seconds away from third place. Tomorrow, it’s every man for himself and there’s nothing else to do but to give full gas” 
What Wilco Kelderman said:
“When the pace dropped during the final climb, I thought to give it a try. It was a risk, but if I’d managed to stay clear and maybe grab thirty seconds or so, I could have moved up a few places in the GC. I had more to gain than to lose, especially when you look at the differences in the overall. Unfortunately, the others caught me and I blew up a bit.” 


1 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing 4:49:51
2 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia 0:00:17
3 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 0:00:37
4 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:20
5 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:01:24
6 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:38
7 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale 0:01:43
8 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky 0:01:59
9 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:43
10 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:46
11 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
12 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:49
13 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
14 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
15 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha 0:02:54
16 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:03:02
17 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:03:08
18 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:17
19 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing
20 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:03:48
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:24
22 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
23 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
24 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp
25 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing
26 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr
27 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
28 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:04:51
29 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:05:07
30 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:05:10
1 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 77:58:08
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:41
3 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:29
4 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:31
5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:52
7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:04:32
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:04:37
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:59
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:08:33
11 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:15:58
12 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:19:18
13 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale 0:21:25
14 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:25:16
15 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:27:04
16 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:28:15
17 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo 0:29:53
18 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:39:18
19 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp 0:40:42
20 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:41:38
21 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:44:56
22 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:47:24
23 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:49:11
24 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky 0:49:22
25 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:51:42
26 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia 0:53:48
27 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:56:40
28 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 1:00:26
29 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia 1:01:24
30 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano 1:01:39
31 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky 1:02:57

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