Omega Pharma-Lotto’s young Giro d’Italia leader Jan Bakelants was 4th in Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia in Tirano but was disappointed because he didn’t win. Jan told a website “After already spending 200 kilometers in a break on the Zoncolan stage, I was tired.” Bakelants tried to stay in contact with Ulissi, Lastras and Visconti in the finale, but didn’t have the legs.
“I knew that the break was going to stay away. Of course you always want to win a race. My legs were very tired from the weekend, what else could I have tried?”, Bakelants said in Tirano.
fter the stage, Bakelants moved up again on gc to 24th, 33’28″ behind Maglia Rosa Contador. On Stage 18, a fast 151km race from Morbegno to San Pellegrino Terme, breakaway Bakelants made the breakaway of the day again, finishing 10th on the stage and moving up to 23rd on gc and still leads the Giro d’Italia intermediate sprint competition with 26 points.