João Almeida finishes in the group of best and climbs to eighth place overall

Juan Pedro López from Trek-Segafredo is the new pink jersey, and Lennard Kamna from Bora-hansgrohe won the Etna stage

João Almeida finished the first big mountain stage of the Volta a Italia, with 172 km between Avola and Etna, in 10th position, 2m37 behind the winner, Lennard Kamna, from Bora-hansgrohe, and Juan Pedro López, from Trek -Segafredo, new pink sweater. The Portuguese from the United Arab Emirates moved up to eighth place in the general classification.

The race, which ended in more than 22 km of ascent of the volcano, was marked by the escape of a group of 14 riders, who gained more than eight minutes on the peloton and that Juan Pedro López, of Trek-Segafredo, would leave in the middle of the ascent, then caught up by Lennard Kamna, from Bora-hansgrohe, with 2.5km to go.

In the peloton, INEOS set a steady pace, in the defense of Richard Carapaz, closing the gap for the runaways, but unable to join the strongest six in the group.

Carapaz would be seventh on the stage, 2m37s behind the winner and ahead of a group of 17 riders with all the favourites, Almeida finishing in tenth place, which allowed him to climb to eighth place overall, two minutes behind Lopez.

Mathieu van der Poel, former pink jersey, took off at the start of the ascent of Etna, while Tom Dumoulin, third overall, was delayed 8.5 km from the summit and has already mortgaged his chances to repeat the triumph of the Giro. that celebrated in 2017.

Le was also marred by the withdrawal of Miguel Angel Lopez, while Simon Yates suffered a crash but found himself at the back of the group of favorites, now fourth overall and the best placed candidate for the triumph. final. .

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