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Landismo , that

phenomenon

so difficult to explain, between genius, courage and misfortune, lived in the Blockhaus one of its most authentic chapters.

There where a Giro was left behind in 2017 due to a fall caused by a television motorcycle,

Mikel Landa

was powerful, confident, even playful on the endless ramps of the colossus -13.9 kilometers at 8.4% on average- in which

Eddy Merckx

was baptized 45 years ago.

He did not win, he did not even scratch too much in the general classification and he even had a fall without apparent consequences before, but the man from Vitoria was the man of the day with the permission of

Juanpe López

, the honorable cyclist, in pink one more day.

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In the heart of Abruzzo, with the suffocating wind and heat as guests, the first big sieve of the Giro was made.

Fireworks with little gunpowder, although with definitive victims.

In the first big mountain stage

Adam Yates

said goodbye , in so many pools the British, also

Giulio Ciccone

.

On the Bandoleros Hill, where in 1972 the

Tarangu Fuentes

signed one of his feats, where the last winner had been

Nairo Quintana (2017)

Jai Hindley

prevailed against prognosis

, because the three strongest were, without a doubt,

Richard Caparaz, Romain Bardet and Landa

.

Before reaching the first ramps of the Blockhaus, misfortune struck

Pello Bilbao

, with a montonera in which he was one of the worst unemployed.

He was going to suffer the one from Gernika later, although he managed to save the day.

He also kissed the Landa asphalt, descending the Passo Lanciano, although only his jersey apparently suffered the consequences.

The leader of Bahrain signed a promotion to dream: it had been a long time since he seemed so full.

Because it had been the Ineos that monopolized the rhythm, the one that did not let the breakaway of the day succeed and the one that finally made the selection.

Sivakov

first and, above all, a very strong

Richie Porte

in what is his last big lap, left the peloton shivering.

In those stresses, Juanpe, with his open pink jersey, with his nervous and electric pedaling, made the sharpener with Alejandro Valverde

's rear wheel

and lost the gap at the worst moment.

The Lebrija native struggled against the air and bad luck, but his suffering was going to have a final prize: he saved the jersey by 12 seconds with

Almeida

and, at least until Tuesday -tomorrow is the rest day-, he will continue to take the leading role he deserved, that sleep from which no one wakes him.

Carapaz's attack reached less than five kilometers.

Landa answered smugly.

Bardet too.

The trio left but did not make way, because Joao Almeida, from less to more, resisted along with Hindley and

Pozzovivo

.

Two other veterans of hats off were alive until almost the end, honors to Valverde and

Nibali

.

United the sextet with 700 meters to go, with Almeida, surely the fastest, exhausted, Hindley stole the win from Bardet and Caparaz.

The Australian, podium in the 2020 edition, adds his second stage win in the Giro.

"I've tried to survive. I've been feeling better and I knew about the final corner," said the BORA rider, who is fifth overall led by Juanpe ahead of Almeida, Bardet and Carapaz.

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