Good news at first. Grega Bole won the Slovenian national championship in Nova Gorica, preceding at the end of a race of 180 km of lenght Furdi and Gazvoda. For blue-fucsia rider, this is the first national title and the first seasonal success.
"I'm very happy, this victory is a good sign for the rest of the season after that the first was was not so good for me - Bole explained - I'll be in Tour de France with the jersey of national champion: this is an honor!.
No joy for Lampre-ISD in Sicily, where the Italian title was won by Visconti.
The team directed by Maini was at the departure in Aci Catena with 10 riders and among them there were Cunego and Ulissi as possible protagonist.
Lampre-ISD led the bunch in a high pace for most part of the course but, in the penultimate lap, Cunego lost contact with the selected head group.
So, only Ulissi could try to honor blue-fucsia color and he tried an action with other 7 riders at 40 km to go, but the escape was neutralized at the beginning of the last lap by a group of 13 followers. Ulissi had no more chances to battle for the victory and he reached the arrival in 21st position.
"Very tough race, I could not be competitive when the things began to become important - Cunego explained - I suffered for the long climb and the heat so suddenly I had no more energies"