The Selection Process – Giro Stage 18

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The AG2R win I have been waiting for finally arrived! It was Nans Peters! Landa pinched some seconds at the end as Nibali and Roglic followed Movistar up the final climb. Tomorrow is a calmer affair as the race leaves the Alps behind and heads towards the difficult weekend. It’s an odd stage…

The Just Profile

Many of the 222 km to Santa Maria will be either downhill or flat; a small token of appreciation to the sprinters who have survived so far. The roads towards the finish are wide and flat, with no corners in the final 2 km.

Will Bora and FDJ be able to hold things together? I’m not certain. A non-sprint would actually suit Arnaud Demare as the Frenchman will not have to risk Pascal Ackermann taking 50 points in the Maglia Ciclamino competition. If we do get a sprint, I think the German will make good on this threat. Demare already has a stage win – I don’t expect FDJ to work too hard.

Launch a Fiver – Tosh Van der Sande 80/1

Lotto need a win and Tosh Van der Sande has looked (quietly) strong this Giro. He can get into the break and can certainly win from a break. I fancy him over Victor Campanaerts (Lotto’s other option) at 80/1

Launch a Quid – Salvatore Puccio 200/1

Ineos need a win, Puccio is Italian, 200s is massive. I can’t resist

Launch a Quid – Marco Canola 150/1

CANOLA! C-A-N-OLAAAA. Perhaps Marco Canola can give Damiano Cima a rest and get into the break for Nippo tomorrow? Let’s not forget, he’s a previous Giro stage winner.

Any Other Business

Davide Formolo is back in the top ten! Can he somehow eclipse his 2018 result?

Trivia

The stage starts in Olang, a heavily German-speaking commune.

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