Diego Ulissi won the second Tour of Slovenia of his career (the first in 2011), ahead of Giovanni Visconti (Neri-Selle Italia-Ktm) at 22 ” and Aleksandr Vlasov (Gazprom) at 25″ behind the Tuscan rider in Novo Mesto, in a stage started from Trebnje. Fourth place in the general ranking went to Tadej Pogačar (+30 “), who also won the youth rankings for the third consecutive year.
The icing on the cake for UAE Team Emirates was the win in the team classification also. The final stage saw Pogačar cross the finish line in 8th position in the sprint of a small group won by Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data). Diego Ulissi: “My form is great at the moment so coming here I wanted to make the most of that. I’d like to thank the whole team, we raced really smart on all five stages: with the talent of Pogačar and Polanc, the inexhaustible strength of Rui Oliveira and Consonni and the experience of Marcato, made everything much easier. Even today we reacted perfectly when Gazprom tried to take control on the uphill.
My next target will be the Italian championships “.