On the eve of a weekend that promises to be spectacular, with eight passes to climb, this Friday was a transition stage of the Giro. A short stage (150 km, 1450 meters of positive altitude difference) between Sanremo and Cuneo that the sprinters' teams wanted to fight for. The break of the day was caught again with 500m to go and the final sprint took place. In this exercise, Simone Consonni, 3rd in Reggio Emilia two days ago, wanted to do well. The Italian sprinter finished in 6th position and signed his 5th 'Top 10' on this 2022 edition of the Giro.
Martin, 5th overall
Meanwhile, Guillaume Martin finds himself in 5th place in the overall classification after Romain Bardet's unfortunate withdrawal (ill). The leader of the Cofidis team is still 28 seconds behind the leader, Juan Pedro Lopez. A position that he will have to try to keep during this very demanding weekend. Saturday's stage between Santena and Torino already looks tough with five climbs along the 147 km to be covered.
Guillaume Martin: "It was a short and relatively easy stage on paper but much less on the ground. It went slowly once the breakaway had gone. Then, when the gap became big, it was very fast in the final to come back. We had to be careful to avoid breaks and crashes. I think that it wore out the organisms today as we approach a weekend where we will be back in the mountains. I hope to have recovered well from these first days of the second week and to be at my best from tomorrow onwards.
Roberto Damiani, Directeur Sportif: "It was again very hot today. We worked hard with Guillaume and we also tried to be efficient in the sprint with Simone. Of course, he was a bit tired from his efforts the day before. Tomorrow it will be very hard with the circuit of Turin which is really technical and on Sunday we will have to put Guillaume in the best conditions to perform.