Alberto Bettiol stormed to a maiden victory on Thursday with an impressive attack on stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia, a 231-kilometre ride from Rovereto to Stradella as Egan Bernal safely retained the overall lead.
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Bettiol and Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) fought for the win on the longest stage of the race before Bettiol caught up on the final ascent and overtook him as Cavagna cracked.
Cavagna eventually finished ninth while Simone Consonni (Cofidis) finished second, beating Nicolas Roche (Team DSM) close to the finish line.
“I really wanted a victory like this. I had already come close on a couple of occasions,” Bettiol said after his team’s first stage win this year.
“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.