Valter: I think it’s possible to keep Giro d'Italia lead at Campo Felice

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Attila Valter of Groupama-FDJ (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Attila Valter does a neat line in self-deprecation. Asked if leading the Giro d’Italia had changed his status among the grandees of the peloton, the Hungarian laughed. “I think, first of all, they know who I am now,” he said in Guardia Sanframondi on Saturday evening.

The uphill finale offered a chance, in theory at least, for Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) or Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) to divest Valter of the maglia rosa, but the Groupama-FDJ man dealt comfortably with the high pace in the closing kilometres, rolling safely across the line in a 25-man group that contained all of the overall contenders.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.