Giulio Ciccone reached his season’s function when he gained the Maglia Azzurra (blue) for the mountains classification on the Giro d’Italia, however little did he know that there used to be a lot more to return.
LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France: Giulio Ciccone reached his season’s function when he gained the Maglia Azzurra (blue) for the mountains classification on the Giro d’Italia, however little did he know that there used to be a lot more to return.
The bonus got here within the type of the yellow jersey of the Excursion de France, a race that didn’t function on his agenda.
“My giant function of the season used to be the Giro, I used to be no longer meant to experience the Excursion,” the 24-year-old advised journalists after his moment position within the 6th degree gave him the entire lead for 6 seconds.
“However my type of the instant earned me a spot within the beginning lineup.”
The Trek-Segafredo rider, who already has two Giro degree wins to his title after one this 12 months and any other in 2016, temporarily overcame the discontentment of dropping to Belgian Dylan Teuns for the degree win after crossing the road 11 seconds later after a 160.5-km experience, maximum of it within the day’s breakaway.
“They first advised me I used to be moment total,” he defined after beginning the day 1:43 in the back of France’s Julian Alaphilippe within the common classification.
However an eight-second bonus for being first at most sensible of the penultimate climb, the Col des Chevreres, and any other six seconds for his moment position intended that he moved previous Alaphilippe as he ended up 1:35 in the back of on the most sensible of Los angeles Planche des Belles Filles.
“Then I used to be advised I used to be first (in GC) so I temporarily forgot about completing the degree moment,” added Ciccone, who describes himself as a “very quiet man, off and on the motorbike.”
Ciccone grew up staring at Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck combat it out within the mountains at the Excursion de France, in addition to admiring his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali and Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez for his hiking taste.
“Now it feels abnormal to be right here with the yellow jersey myself,” added Ciccone, who hails from the Abbruzzo area.
Now that he has exceeded his personal expectancies, Ciccone is popping his attractions to his day activity at the Excursion – serving to Australian Richie Porte change into an total contender once more after crashing out within the remaining two editions.
“My process at the Excursion de France used to be to realize revel in and lend a hand Richie so that is what I will do now,” he mentioned.
Porte, who completed 5th total in 2016, completed the degree in 11th position, 1:53 in the back of Teuns however most effective 9 seconds in the back of protecting champion Geraint Thomas.
He lies 21st total, 1:07 adrift of Thomas, the most efficient positioned a few of the GC contenders.
(Reporting through Julien Pretot; Modifying through Christian Radnedge)