Peter Sagan delivered to stunning sprint win by brilliant BORA-hansgrohe teamwork on Giro d’Italia stage 10 to claim the ciclamino jersey
While it started with a climb, stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia was predicted to end with a bunch sprint. The 139km parcours – the shortest road stage of the race – had only one categorised climb to contend with, a fourth category ascent cresting a little less than 40km from the finish in Foligno, which would be no trouble for a sprinter with their eye on the prize. With less road on which to make an impact, the break went out as soon as they could, a group of five heading away from the start, and soon building up a lead of two minutes. As soon as BORA-hansgrohe took to the front, however, this lead fell dramatically, the German team setting an incredibly hard pace on the day’s categorised climb to make it hard for Peter Sagan’s sprint rivals, before setting about catching the break. Just as the escape was swept up with 43km left, it was clear the peloton was suffering, with riders falling off the back, and with a long and straight route to the finish line, it was a matter of maintaining this pace to the line. Emanuel Buchmann, Giovanni Aleotti and Daniel Oss continued to push the pace on the front after Cesare Benedetti, Felix Grossschartner and Matteo Fabbro had worked hard on the climb. While other teams and their riders made attempts to latch back on, the speeds were just too high, and as the race entered its final 5km, BORA-hansgrohe were still on the front, Maciej Bodnar maintaining that blistering pace with his time trial skills. The city streets in Foligno made the finish tense, and a crash in the last kilometre saw a split in the bunch, but Peter was safe and was preparing for the finish line. Into the final corner and Peter kicked hard, his rivals totally unprepared and unable to go with him, and the Slovak rider held that lead to the line, taking his first win of the 2021 Giro d’Italia and charging into the race’s ciclamino jersey.
01 P.Sagan 3h10’56”
02 F.Gaviria + 0:00
03 D.Cimolai + 0:00
From the Finish Line
"Today was a very good day for the team. Big thanks to my teammates for their fantastic effort. We gave our best, everybody worked hard to make it a tough stage. We managed to drop some of the pure sprinters but still, in the finale a few of them were there. When the pace is strong all day, it is easier. In the first stages of this Giro, I had the legs every day, but if the first 150km are easy, it is more difficult for me to beat the pure sprinters if the action is limited to the last 30km. I now have the ciclamino jersey as well but the Giro is still long, we are only halfway through. We'll see day by day what we can achieve." – Peter Sagan
"We knew we had a chance in winning today, it was a stage for sprinters but it was unlike the previous ones because it was short and right before the rest day. So, it could be a difficult one to control. Our first goal was to make sure the breakaway group was small and this was achieved. We were aware we would have to pull in the peloton, together with the other sprinters’ teams. So, we were 4-5 teams working in front but we realised they just wanted to keep everything tight and finish in a bunch sprint. On the contrary, we wanted to make it a hard race, especially in the climbs, so that we either drop a few sprinters or we get to the finish in a reduced group. This is what we did and every single one of our riders put in a tremendous effort, they worked perfectly until the final kilometre where Peter took over and finished off with a great sprint. It's a nice victory for us!" – Jan Valach, Sports Director