Giro d'Italia 2021 Giro d'Italia, Stage 13: Ravenna – Verona 198 km

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Who will be victorious?

  • Peter Sagan

    Votes: 10 15.9%
  • Fernando Gaviria

    Votes: 13 20.6%
  • Elia Viviani

    Votes: 5 7.9%
  • Giacomo Nizzolo

    Votes: 18 28.6%
  • Davide Cimolai

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Dylan Groenewegen

    Votes: 8 12.7%
  • Matteo Mosschetti

    Votes: 2 3.2%
  • Andrea Pasqualon

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • David Dekker

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • I can't think of any other sprinter. I'm sorry.

    Votes: 4 6.3%

  • Total voters
    63
  • Poll closed .
I suppose you need to be really strong to drop your sprinter off your wheel in the flat finish.. Surely it wasn't intended though (or maybe it was?)
He didn't drop his sprinter, though, a Bora rider got in between him and Groenewegen, through a left hander with 500m to go, and just seemed to sit up. Not sure if the Bora plan was to disrupt Groenewegen, in which case it worked, or to hope Affini would sit up once he was on his own, in which case it didn't work, or to use Affini as a stepping stone draft to get to the finish, in which case is did work, but just for Nizzolo, not Bora.
 
He didn't drop his sprinter, though, a Bora rider got in between him and Groenewegen, through a left hander with 500m to go, and just seemed to sit up. Not sure if the Bora plan was to disrupt Groenewegen, in which case it worked, or to hope Affini would sit up once he was on his own, in which case it didn't work, or to use Affini as a stepping stone draft to get to the finish, in which case is did work, but just for Nizzolo, not Bora.
Watch the last 600m closely once again. It wasn't Bora rider (Oss) getting between Affini and Groenewegen.
When they were on that last roundabout, two Bora guys (Bodnar, Oss) were at the front with 3 TJV riders behind them (Affini was the 2nd one with Groenewegen 3rd on his wheel). Just as Bodnar finished his turn and Oss took the front, Affini rapidly accelerated and hit the front (the other TJV guy who was in front of him stayed on Oss's wheel while Groenewegen looked completely lost and dropped back). This acceleration was so strong that Oss couldn't even catch his wheel and eventually Affini almost managed to win the stage.

Clearly, he thought that Groenewegen still stays on his wheel but as soon as realised that he's not (and that he already made quite a gap) Affini decided to go 100% for himself.
The problem is, I really coludn't notice him checking if Groenewegen is with him. After getting to the front, he went full gas, seemed like completely not caring about Groenewegen, and he didn't look back after that even once.

And also with his statements not being very clear I'm willing to say that this was an intended solo long finish attack from Affini.
 
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