Sam Bennett takes third place in Gualdo Taldino on stage 10 of the Giro d´Italia.
The stage after the first rest day was dominated by many attacks and high pace right from the start. Shortly before the finish a duo went up the road, and M. Mohoric took the stage win. BORA – hansgrohe stayed in a good position in the first group, and sprinter Sam Bennett won the sprint out of the reduced bunch.
After a well-deserved rest day, the peloton started into the longest stage of this year´s Corsa Rosa today. The race took the riders from Penne, a small city in the region of Abruzzo to Gualdo Taldino over 244km, a last minute change has added 5km to the race profile.
Right after the start a second category climb awaited the riders, after the descent, the second climb of the day and an intermediate sprint followed. Before the peloton headed into the finale, they had to tackle the third climb of the day as well as another intermediate sprint. The finale ran on a flat open route into the city of Gualdo Taldino.
The Team Tactics
Like in the previous stages BORA – hansgrohe focused on their GC contenders, trying to limit any further time losses. If the stage will end in a sprint, Sam Bennett would be the man for another podium spot.
It was a fast start into today´s stage with many attacks right after the start. Twelve riders managed to distance themselves from the bunch with an advantage of more than two minutes, while BORA – hansgrohe stayed together in the main bunch. After a solo attack of T. Martin it was all back together with 170km to go. E. Chaves had some problems and lost with some other favourites the contact to the Maglia Rosa group, the gap enhanced to more than ten minutes during the race. Sam Bennett, Felix Großschartner, Davide Formolo, Patrick Konrad and Christoph Pfingsten represented BORA – hansgrohe at the front of the peloton and pulled hard. As one rider was able to distance himself from the peloton, two chasers tried to close the gap, however two riders made it to the finish line, where M. Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) took the win ahead of N. Denz (AG2R). Some seconds later the reduced bunch headed into the last corner, and Sam Bennett won the sprint out of this group and finished in third place.
01 M. Mohoric 6:04:52
02 N. Denz +0:00
03 S. Bennett +0:34
24 P. Konrad +0:34
From the Finish Line
“It was a hard day in the saddle, the pace was high and the attacks were started right from the start. We were able to stay together in the main bunch and our two GC contenders didn’t lose so much time in the overall. We couldn’t close the gap as the two riders went up the road in the finale, therefore I finished third. I also want to thank the guys for their super efforts today. The result may not show it but they rode out of their skin. I would have liked to get the win for their efforts. Tomorrow will be another stage and we will give our best like in the previous days.” – Sam Bennett
“The riders make always the race, after 20km on the 15km long ascent the race spilt into several groups, and with Chaves in the back the 220km turned into a real chase. We supported our sprinter Sam for the finale. The boys did a really great job but the gap of the two riders at the front was enough for taking the victory, therefore we achieved another third place.” – Jens Zemke, sports director