Alberto Bettiol (EF Education – Nippo) has won Stage 18 of the 104th Giro d’Italia, 231km from Rovereto to Stradella. Breakaway companions Simone Consonni (Cofidis) and Nicolas Roche (Team DSM) finished second and third, respectively.
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) retains the Maglia Rosa and leads the general classification.
1 – Alberto Bettiol (EF Education – Nippo) – 231km in 5h14’43”, average speed 44.040 km/h
2 – Simone Consonni (Cofidis) at 17″
3 – Nicolas Roche (Team DSM) s.t.
1 – Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers)
2 – Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) at 2’21”
3 – Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) at 3’23”
4 – Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana – Premier Tech) at 6’03”
5 – Hugh Carthy (EF Education – Nippo) at 6’09”
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Alberto Bettiol said: “I really wanted a victory like this! I had already come close on a couple of occasions. This morning my captain Hugh Carthy gave me the green light to go on the attack, I want to thank him and the whole team. I didn’t want to miss this opportunity, it’s always difficult to get into the breakaway in the third week of the Giro, many riders wanted to try to win today. In the finale, so many guys were looking at me and looking for my wheel. I was sure that Cavagna would try something. Luckily I caught him and attacked him immediately. I tried to hit him mentally and it paid off. Now I’m really happy with this success, it means a lot to me, I want to dedicate it to my former manager who passed away last year, Mauro Battaglini”.