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Giro d’Italia | “It is a big and deserved victory for Sánchez” – Traksel and Van den Bos

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Was it Alaphilippe’s play that he had been spotted? The Frenchman from Soudal Quick-Step continued to muddle through the stage, but Van den Bos and Traksel saw through this. “He was a bit stuck in the last wheel,” Van den Bos begins. “It seemed like he had to come off a little bit every time. That he really couldn’t do it anymore. Bobbie said all the time: ‘I think he’s playing it’.”

Traksel himself says that Alaphilippe ‘did little wrong’ in the final phase. The Frenchman started sprinting ‘normally’ again and he certainly had a chance of victory. Pelayo Sánchez of Movistar Team waited a long time and first let the Frenchman leave.

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Giro d’Italia | Pelayo Sánchez beats Julian Alaphilippe in crazy Strade Bianche ride

Even more special

“The Spaniard was simply a rapper today. In the last part he plays a bit and often looks back. It was not a millimeter sprint. It was a large and deserved victory for Pelayo Sánchez,” said Traksel

By the way, this is only the first Giro for the Spaniard. What does it mean for him that he wins such an important stage in his first year on the World Tour? “For such a boy it is worldly to win such a stage in a major stage race. But the fact that he wins it in this way, for Alaphilippe, makes it even more special,” says Van den Bos.

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Giro d’Italia | Stage winner Pelayo Sánchez almost throws away victory – Misses roundabout and almost falls

Act right during the most important moments

Traksel also agrees and states that everything was ‘more than sufficient’ with the Spaniard today. Except for a bend. Pelayo Sánchez missed the bend in a roundabout for a steep climb towards Serre di Rapolano four kilometers from the finish. The Movistar Team sprinter almost seemed to throw away the unique saying, but he recovered.

Traksel and Van den Bos analyze the last kilometers of Sánchez’s stage as ‘well thought out’. The cycling analyst duo states that the Spaniard acted correctly during the most important moments.

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Giro d’Italia | Summary stage 6 – Alaphilippe does nothing wrong, but has to leave victory to Sanchez

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