Giro d’Italia: 15th place for Bole in a bunch sprint

Grega Bole finished 15th and Maciej Paterski was trying to get in the breakaway of the day, on Stage 17 of Giro d’Italia. It was won by Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida). 

The shortest stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia, kicked off with early attacks and nice weather. Soon, 2 kilometers after the start Iljo Keisse (Etixx-QuickStep), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo) and Marco Bandiera (Androni) managed to break clear. On the cat.3 ascent, which was located 15 kilometers into the stage, Maciej Paterski tried to join the leading trio, with Davide Villella (Cannondale). CCC Sprandi Polkowice was reeled in though and the escape took off without him.

The group established 2:30 lead and kept it at this level in the first half of racing.  The breakaway was caught with 27 kilometers to go, before two, uncategorized hills. Few riders tried to take advantage of the undulating terrain in the end – Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal), Patrick Gretsch (AG2R La Mondiale), John Atapuma (BMC Racing), Tom Jelte Slagter (Cannondale) and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing). CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders –Maciej Paterski, Marek Rutkiewicz  and Grega Bole were riding at the head of the bunch, making sure that the Slovenian is in the right place in the group ahead of the finish.

The race came back together in the very finale and the sprinters started to position themselves for the battle of the strongest. Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) received a perfect lead-out from his teammates and took the win. He outsprinted Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) and Luka Mezgec (Giant-Alpecin).

For the 8th time in this year’s Giro d’Italia (including TTT), Grega Bole finished in the top 20. This time he came in in 15th place.