It was suggested that the fugitive race would be decided by the fugitive peter, which included Diego Ulissi, but the pursuers were gnawing to the end, and in Celje, after 146 km of racing, they finally caught the connection. The 30-year-old Mezgec was complete, this time there was no Pascal Ackermann (climbing for Svetina to cut it), on the right side of the track had more equipment than his competitors and with the advantage of two bicycle wheels celebrating his victory in the first stage after exactly two years when he secured a stage in the race in Slovenia with a goal in Ljubljana.
Ulysses the first violin of the United Arab Emirates
The second place was won by Greek Bole, while the third was the Italian Andrea Vendrame. Tadej Pogačar, who lost contact with rising leaders on stage, finished 9th on stage. In all, Mezgec has four seconds ahead of Greg Bolt and six seconds before the Ventram. Ulissi stays seven seconds. Pogačar is the eighth place for 10 seconds. The fight for the green shirt was scandalous today and although Ulissi does not make a difference to the remaining candidates for the final victory, it is clear that in the UAE team on Friday and Saturday the steps will be captain.
5 km before the goal, I thought it would not work
"I did not do much to get it because I was saving energy. When I saw that the difference did not change, I started to help, I did two long shifts, we approached and others helped. Five kilometers before the goal, I already thought that we would not succeed. 400 meters before the goal I went in full, I expected the front left going, and I'm right"said Mezgec, a member of the team of Michelton Scott.In recent years he has played the last speed train for Caleb Ewan in this Australian team, and this year when Ewan is gone he must be alone in sprinting.
United Arab Emirates made a selection
The course became exciting in the climb of the second category to Svetina (5.4 km slope, an average slope of 7.7 percent), which was the first serious slope of this year's Slovenian round. United Arab Emirates dictated the killer pace with Jan Polancec and made a selection, for Polancem he led the caravan of Ulissi, only a few were followed, initially Pogačar, who soon showed that he was in the red area and was only a few meters away. The Russian goal was given to Aleksander Vlasov and he wore the blue sweater of the best mountain bearer.
Mezgec instructions objal instructions
After the ascent to Svetina or Celjsko kočo, a steep descent followed Celje, where Esteban Chaves fell twice. At the front were Ulissi, Hermans, Vlasov and Visconti, and Chaves joined, which, according to the instructions of his teammate Mezgec, did not help much in the dictatorship of the rhythm. Followers, including Jan Polancz, along with Mezgec, Bolet and Pogacar, were almost half a minute behind.
The Troika flew more than 100 kilometers
In the first climb of the day in Velika Tinja, the escape trio was formed, in which David Per (Adria Mobil), Rok Korošec (Ljubljana Gusto Santic) and Lorenzo Fortunato (Neri Sottoli) were formed. In front of the main, they raided for five minutes, but after more than 100 miles of their own trip, they were caught at the start of the climb to Svetina.