It was supposed to be an epic stage (the 208 kilometers with 4000 meters of difference in altitude let us assume), it was instead a long, cold and rainy transfer leg that (probably) said something interesting only in the last 150 meters. The San Salvo – Roccaraso was won by Ruben Warrior, 26 year old Portuguese of the EF, to the first important success of his career, which beat the Spaniard Castroviejo in the sprint, protagonist with him and others in a very long escape.
The group of the big (or presumed) let it go, no one attacked on the first climbs, no one tried an action from a distance or on the last one where only the not too productive forcing of Trek-Segafredo di Vincenzo Nibali. The problems for the Sicilian were concentrated in the last 200 meters, in a steep climb, when his great rivals Fuglsang and Kelderman sprinted. The Sicilian tried to keep their wheel but he first broke down and then hardened losing at the finish line 14 “on the couple, 11” on Majka, 2 “on Pozzovivo. Small consolation the 4 ”earned on the pink jersey Almeida who now leads the general classification with 30 “over Kelderman, 39” over Bilbao, 53 “over Pozzovivo who overtook Nibali now 57” from the pink jersey.