Alberto Dainese (DSM) took his first Italian stage win in this round of Italy. In the Reggio Emilia, he was faster than the big guns like the Démare, Gaviria, Ewan and Cavendish. For 24-year-old Dainese, this is the biggest victory of his career. Dries de Bondt was captured only after an attack of about 50 km.
The Eleventh Giro stage in a nutshell:
- Today’s winner (1): At the DSM, they announced before the ride that they would be going with Cees Bol. In the end it was Alberto Dainese and it didn’t disappoint. It is the third victory of the Italian and his victory for his people.
- Today’s winner (2): In the big round, seconds can sometimes play a big role in the final bill. That’s how Richard Carapaz thought today. The Olympic champion had an extra three seconds in the second intermediate race without another ranking man near him. Good job from Ineos.
- Today’s loser: Caleb Ewan got his last chance to win a sprint group in this Giro today. He checked it out. The active Australian might give up the day after tomorrow and so he goes into the Tour with skepticism.
- tomorrow: The longest journey between Parma and Genova, with Paso del Boco on the way, where Water Weilandt lost his life, is on the first refugee paper. She goes up three times and also in the final is rarely level. This is something for Matthew van der Poel.
Alberto Dainese was of course happy with his first Grand Tour victory. “It feels great, especially so close to home. I can’t quite believe it yet, but I’m so happy.”
“We were going to Sis Bowl first, but he wasn’t feeling well. I tried to stay calm and in the end Romain Bardet, third in the standings, gave me the perfect lead.”
“I found the hole on the left and bypassed Gaviria. Great!”
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