On Friday, the 196-kilometer stage between Diamante and Potenza, considered by the organizers to be four-star difficulty, awaited the field, with four categorized ascents, including second-place Monte Sirino second.
There were several unsuccessful escape attempts in the first third of the section, the field calmed down only late, after 70 kilometers, which took advantage of the formation of a four-person fugitive bullet, which was later joined by three more.
Bouwman seemed to be the strongest of the lead all day, winning three mountain hairs, including Sirino, to take the lead in the best of the best mountain coolers, so on Saturday he will be wearing the blue jersey for leading riders there.
For the last 40 kilometers, the field was just watching for López, who was at the forefront of the composite, to keep the pink jersey, no energy was put into catching up with the fugitives. As a result, four of Monday’s flies – alongside Bouwman – teammate 2017 2017 Giro winner Tom Dumoulin and Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) – are ahead, and eight kilometers ahead of the goal. ” they fell to each other ”.
Dumoulin was cut off by the other three riders seven kilometers before the end, but the Dutch cyclist caught up with his rivals for the last two kilometers and dictated a great pace for Bouwman, whose last 350-meter ascent no longer had an answer. The Dutch biker was able to celebrate his second professional stage victory after the 2017 Dauphiné.
Three Dutch were among the top four, unprecedented in the history of the Giro.
Among the Hungarians, Valter Attila was the best, finishing in 15th place with a group of composers with a chance of 2:59 minutes. Half an hour after Erik Fetter and Barnabas Peák had no time to score. Overall, Valter is 16th place ahead of 48th.
Results, Giro d’Italia:
Section 7, Diamante-Potenza, 196 km:
1. Koen Bouwman (Dutch, Jumbo-Visma) 5:12:30 p.m.
2. Bauke Mollema (Dutch, Trek-Segafredo) 2 second disadvantage
3. Davide Formolo (Italian, UAE Team Emirates) at the same time
… 15. Valter Attila (Groupama-FDJ) 2:59 min h.
The complex edge group:
1. Juan Pedro López (Spanish, Trek-Segafredo) 28:39:05
2. Lennard Kämna (German, BORA-Hanseatic) 38 sec h.
3. Rein Taaramäe (Estonian, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) 58 sec h.
… 48. Valter 15:37 p.m.
A 153-kilometer leg awaits the field on Saturday around Naples. The 3445.6-kilometer race, the first three stages of which took place in Hungary, will end on May 29 with the Verona time trial.
(Cover image: Koen Bouwman wins stage 7 of the Giro. Photo: Getty Images)