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Giro: Sagan offers his stage

Peter Sagan won the 10th stage of the Giro, the shortest of this 2021 edition, in a sprint with twelve riders. Egan Bernal had a smooth day and remains in pink, before the day off.

Second Giro for Peter Sagan, and second stage victory! After his magnificent solo success last year for his first participation, the Slovakian won again on Monday, in a more usual way for him, after a sprint. The runner from Bora-Hansgrohe was the strongest of the small group of twelve who staked out victory in the streets of Foligno, after a fall in the last few hundred meters disrupted the peloton. The former triple world champion wins the smallest stage of this Giro 2021 and takes the lead in the points classification, which he hopes to bring to Milan, then in his wardrobe alongside his multiple green jerseys. Sagan did not have to force his talent to win, and preceded Fernando Gaviria and Davide Cimolai to sign the 117th victory of his career, his 15th on a Grand Tour.

A breakaway of five riders

This short and easy stage (a 4th category climb) unfolded as one would expect, with a break that livened up the afternoon. Part from the start, it was made up of Simon Pellaud (Androni-Sidermec), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), Samuele Rivi (EOLO-Kometa), Taco Van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and Kobe Gossens ( Lotto Soudal). The five got on well and counted to a 2’10 lead (although they had to stop for about 30 seconds because the peloton found themselves confronted with a closed level crossing). Marengo was the first to let go, about fifty kilometers from the end, in the listed coast, and thanks in particular to the work of the Bora-Hansgrohe team, the four remaining escaped men were caught with 43 kilometers from the finish. A job crowned with success for the German team, with this victory for Sagan.

Evenepoel takes a second back from Bernal

Pink jersey since Saturday, Egan Bernal has not been worried, even if Remco Evenepoel took a second from him during an intermediate sprint, to return to 14 seconds behind the Colombian. The 172 riders still in the running will now benefit from their first day of rest on Tuesday, before the 11th stage, Wednesday, which will include two 3rd category climbs, including one a few kilometers from the finish. This should be suitable for backpackers …

10th stage (L’Aquila – Foligno, 139 km) – Monday May 17, 2021
1- Peter Sagan (SLQ / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 3×10’56
2- Fernando Gaviria (COL/Uae Emirates) mt
3- Davide Cimolai (ITA / Israël Start-Up Nation) mt
4- Stefano Oldani (ITA / Lotto Soudal) mt
5- Gianni Vermeersch (BEL / Alpecin-Fenix) mt
6- Dries De Bondt (BEL / Alpecin-Fenix) mt
7- Andrea Vendrame (ITA / AG2R-Citröen) mt
8- Vincenzo Albanese (ITA / Eolo-Kometa) mt
9- Elia Viviani (ITA / Cofidis) mt
10- Juan Molano (COL/UAE Emirates) mt

20- Romain Bardet (FRA / DSM) mt

General classification after 10 stages (out of 21)
1- Egan Bernal (COL / Ineos Grenadiers) at 38h30’45 ”
2- Remco Evenepeol (BEL / Deceuninck-Quick Step) à 14 ”
3- Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS / Astana) at 21 ”
4- Giulio Ciccone (ITA / Trek-Segafredo) at 36 ”
5- Attila Valter (HUN / Groupama-FDJ) à 43 ”
6- Hugh Carthy (GBR / EF Education-Nippo) at 44 ”
7- Damiano Caruso (ITA/Bahrain-Victorious) à 45’’
8- Dan Martin (IRL/Israel Start-Up Nation) à 51”
9- Simon Yates (GBR / Team BikeExchange) at 55 ”
10- Davide Formolo (ITA / UAE-Team Emirates) at 1’01 ”



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