Ulissi overtook Almeida in the photo finish, which further increased the overall lead

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Italian Diego Ulissi thus beat Portuguese Joao Almeida and Austrian Patrick Konrad in the finish sprint of the 13th stage. Photo: EPA

FIA is on the writing of the American team EF Pro Cyclingproposing early termination of Gira 2020 after Sunday’s 15th stage and clearly expressed veteran doubts Thomasa De Gendta and Belgian team Lotto Soudal on the rationale for racing to Milan, responded with additional tests for the presence of coronavirus in the cycling caravan.

“After eight positives covid-19 cases during the first series PCR tests on the first day off on Monday, the race organizer – at the request of the teams and us – decided to step up action and further introduce antigenic saliva testing on Thursday and Friday, “ were reported from the end of the 12th stage FIA-and.

Two rounds of rapid tests, Monday PCR testing
These are quick tests, and positive cases will then have to be confirmed. For a new round is scheduled for the second day off on Monday PCR testing for the entire remaining peloton and accompanying staff. On Thursday, the organizers confirmed that as many as 17 police officers were infected, but that they were only supposed to take care of the E-GIra, a race with electric bicycles, which takes place on the same route before a real race.

Due to confirmed infections, two teams have already left the Tour of Italy: Mitchelton Scott in Jumbo Visma with two of the favorites for the pink shirt Simon Yates and Steven Kruijswijkom.

The outcome of the Gira 2020 is affected to the same extent as the fighting on the road by the results of tests on the covid-19.  Could the newly discovered infections force RCS Sport to stop the race early?  Photo: AP

The outcome of the Gira 2020 is affected to the same extent as the fighting on the road by the results of tests on the covid-19. Could the newly discovered infections force RCS Sport to stop the race early? Photo: AP

Ulysses at the finish line just before Almeida
Friday the 13th, almost completely flat stage along the Po Valley from Cervia do Monseliceatica (192 km) was won by an Italian Diego Ulysses, which is in the target sprint overtook the leader in the overall standings Portuguese Joao Almeido. The third was Austrian Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe).

For Ulysses it was the second stage victory in this year’s Gira performance and the eighth overall in his career. Almeida increased the lead in the overall standings with the second place, where they now have a 40-second advantage over the Dutchman. Wilcom Basement manom (Sunweb). Slovenian Domen Novak (90.) in Jan Tratnik (105.) were not in the forefront.

Demare in Sagan omagala
The start of the stage victory decision fell 20 kilometers before the stage finish when Ulysses moved to the head of the group, which also included Almeida, and began to dictate the rhythm. So they dropped out of the game sprinter Arnaud Demare and Peter Sagan, and cyclists pulled in front of the finish line UAE Emirates in DeceuninckQuickStep. It’s almost to the finish line Ulysses brought in teammate Brandon McNulty and allowed the Italian one last attack, and at the finish line he was able to raise his arms in front of Almeida.

Ulysses he didn’t think he would get as many as two stages
On the last ascent, the team did an excellent job. Colleagues prepared everything for me, we got rid of it sprinters and reduced the group. It wasn’t easy for me because I was pretty tired after a quick last climb, but McNulty led fantastically. In the end, I just ran over the finish line. I’ve been in good shape all season, but I didn’t think I was going to get another stage, “was pleased Ulysses.

Will Almeida raise the lead on Saturday?
Almeida had mixed feelings after the end of the stage as he was pleased that the pink shirt was even firmer in his hands, but disappointed that the stage victory had escaped him by a few inches.

I’m a little sorry because I was second, I wanted to get the stage. I was really close, but not close enough. A difficult one awaits us tomorrow chronometer, I hope I can do my best, “said Almeida, who is at the introductory chronometer took second place. For Only the world champion overtook him by 22 seconds Filippo Ganna.

On Saturday, cyclists will have a 34.1 km long ride on time from Conegliana do Valdobbiadena.

13. etapa, Cervia-Monselice, 192 km:              
  1. D. ULISSI          ITA    4:22:18 
  2. J. ALMEIDA         POR        vsi 
  3. P. KONRAD          AVT            
  4. T. G. HART         VB             
  5. M. HONORE          DAN            
  6. S. SAMITIER        ŠPA       isti 
  7. J. FUGLSANG        DAN            
  8. P. BILBAO          ŠPA            
  9. V. NIBALI          ITA            
 10. J. HINDLEY         AVS        čas 
 ...                                   
 90. D  NOVAK           SLO      +9:25 
105. J. TRATNIK         SLO      13:20 
Skupni vrstni red po 13. etapi:        
  1. J. ALMEIDA         POR   53:43:58 
  2. W. KELDERMAN       NIZ      +0:40 
  3. P. BILBAO          ŠPA       0:49 
  4. D. POZZOVIVO       ITA       1:03 
  5. V. NIBALI          ITA       1:07 
  6. P. KONRAD          AVT       1:17 
  7. J. HINDLEY         AVS       1:25 
  8. R. MAJKA           POL       1:27 
  9. F. MASNADA         ITA       1:42 
 10. J. FUGLSANG        DAN       2:26 
 ...                                   
 79. J. TRATNIK         SLO    1:37:25 
 98. D. NOVAK           SLO    1:59:48 

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