Tour of Italy | Step 10
13:42 – Intermarche engages the whole team to hunt
107km to cover: The looming split sprint saw Biniam Girmay’s side come out on top and help on pace – closing the gap to 4:30 as a result. The Eritrean shouldn’t be too fazed by the climbs in the second half of today’s stage and he is currently 27 points behind Arnaud Demare in the maglia ciclamino standings on a day where a maximum of 37 points are up for grabs.
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In the meantime, here are some earlier images of the official pink train racing past the peloton with the Trofea Senza Fine – the eternal trophy – parading through the window…
Helicopter captures Giro trophy streaking through train window
13:25 – Simon Yates isn’t going anywhere… yet
There has been talk of Briton Simon Yates possibly withdrawing from the Giro after his Blockhaus horror show on Sunday, where he lost 11 minutes after a double trouble with his injured knee and the heat. You’d think he’d better rest and refocus on the Tour de France as he entered the Giro with great legs and in great shape – as his TT win in Budapest showed. But BikeExchange-Jayco didn’t make that decision and Yates continues.
Yates can hope to take a break and recoup some of his deficit this week ahead of next week’s mountainous finish – much like Guillaume Martin, who returned to the GC photo after taking that break on the Naples stage on Saturday . But surely Yates has too much class to have much latitude? Time will tell us.
1:15 p.m. – The gap begins to narrow
125km to cover: The advantage of the breakaway has gone below the five-minute mark now after the collaboration at the front of the peloton. They are still about 25 km from the intermediate sprint after which these hills follow one another in rapid succession. A quick reminder that the three escapees are the Belgian Lawrence Naesen (Ag2R-Citroen) and the Italian duo Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper-Androni Giacattoli) and Alessandro De Marchi (Israel-Premier Tech).
13:02 – Movistar shows its intention
135km to cover: The race passes through the Blackpool of the Italian Adriatic coast, San Benedetto del Tronto. German sprinter Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) will have fond memories of this place – he won the Tirreno-Adriatico final sprint here in April. Movistar, meanwhile, have gathered their entire squad near the front of the pack – a sign that they may be keen to do something today through one of their leaders Alejandro Valverde or Ivan Sosa.
Spain veteran Valverde is still very much in the GC photo in 11th place at 1:23, but his young Colombian team-mate is almost six minutes behind in 19th place, so he may have a little more flexibility.
12:55 – Dumoulin’s previous joke with Lopez
Here’s the moment Tom Dumoulin pretended to throw a canister at race leader Juan Pedro Lopez while the Spaniard chatted with Dumoulin’s Dutch teammate Sam Oomen, whom Lopez really threw a canister at during a heated exchange during the climb to Blockhaus on Sunday. It’s good to see that they can all joke about it and that the water has gone under the bridge…
“The last person I would expect that from!” – Dumoulin pretends to throw the bottle at Lopez
12:40 p.m. – Intermarché hires a man at the front
150 km to cover: Biniam Girmay’s Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert team – another solid choice for today’s stage – sent a man to help Alpecin-Fenix and Lotto Soudal on the front. The gap has hovered around 6:15 over the past half hour. The big issue today – besides those second-half climbs – will be the heat with the mercury pushing to 30 degrees, which is quite an atypical temperature for this time of year in Italy.
12:25 – Alpecin-Fenix go in front to keep the cover on break
160km to cover: As the advantage increases to six minutes for the trio in front, Van der Poel’s Alpecin-Fenix side come on top to help with stimulation duties alongside Lotto Soudal. They won’t want the gap to get so big that no counter-moves can draw them into the hillier second part of today’s stage – especially with a guy like Alessandro De Marchi on the road.
There were a host of mechanical issues, including Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde – who needed his cranks adjusted – and Quick-Step’s Mark Cavendish – who changed bikes. Cav is unlikely to add another win today given the terrain later on, but he should be in the game tomorrow on the eleventh stage flat pizza.
12:15 – Maglia rosa gets creamed
170km to cover: Race leader Juanpe Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) is currently trailing the pack and applying sunscreen he borrows from his team car. That’s because it’s hot here on the Adriatic coast with a current temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and not a cloud in the sky…
And when Lopez returns to the peloton, he steps up alongside Sam Oomen and shows there’s no lingering beef between them after the incident on Blockhaus when the pink jersey threw a canister at the angry Dutchman. Knowing that the camera is rolling, Tom Dumoulin makes a little joke at the expense of Lopez…
12:06 – Peloton let this trio go
175km to cover: So, it looks like we’ve established the break for the day – or, at least, the break for the first half of the day. Because halfway through, just after the intermediate sprint, the outlook changes dramatically as the race heads inland and tackles some of the steep Marche hills around the hometown of the late Michele Scarponi . We could then see counterattacks coming from the peloton and new momentum in this stage.
For now, this trio of Naesen, Bais and De Marchi have a gap of three minutes – and it keeps growing…
11:58 – Three riders in front with a small gap
182km to cover: Lawrence Naesen (Ag2R-Citroën), Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper-Androni Giacattoli) and Alessandro De Marchi (Israel-Premier Tech) cleared with a lead of around 20 seconds. Lotto Soudal is currently leading the hunt through Thomas De Gendt, the stage winner in Naples. The Belgian team may hope that Caleb Ewan can contest the finish today.
Etitera’s Merhawi Kudus (EF Education-EasyPost) sped twice to try to join the front runners, but each time he failed to make the bridge.
11:50 a.m. – The attacks follow one another
189km to cover: Magnus Cort and Fernando Gaviria try their luck which makes an interesting duo. The Dane is a quick finisher and will love the second half of today’s profile, but the Colombian is more of a pure sprinter. The fact that he gets involved suggests either Gaviria doesn’t trust his sprint or he doesn’t think it will be a bunch sprint in Jesi. Both are very doable.
11:45 a.m. – Stage 10 in progress
196km to cover: The flag drops and attacks follow one another with Mathieu van der Poel’s Alpecin-Fenix side particularly keen to get involved, notably through Dries de Bondt. Others to roll the dice are Nans Peters, Mattia Bais, Mauro Schmid and Jaakko Hanninen as the peloton are exhausted as they hastily leave Pescara.
166 runners remaining in the neutral zone
Today’s Stage 10, from Pescara to Jesi, is a two-part tale: a fully flat 100km opener along the Adriatic coast leading to the intermediate sprint followed by rolling roads as the race passes through Filottrano , the birthplace of the late Michele Scarponi. The series of climbs is sufficient either to ensure a breakaway over the distance or to cause a reduced sprint at the finish but should not impact the GC. Here’s what’s on the menu, with almost 2,000m of elevation for the last 90km…
What can we expect from the second week of the Giro?
Barely 20 seconds separate the first five riders in the general classification before the second week of the Giro d’Italia. But with a single summit finish and a series of stages that suit sprinters and breakaway specialists, the next phase of the race could see the GC battle put on hold. Could Juan Pedro Lopez still be in pink before the last decisive week?
In my preview of the day off, I take a look at some of the main talking points from opening week and this highlight on Blockhaus before looking at what lies ahead…
Romain Bardet, Mikel Landa and Jai Hindley set off in pursuit of Richard Carapaz on the Blockhaus climb during stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia 2022
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Hindley upsets the heavyweights on Blockhaus – the story of stage 9
A glorious summit showdown on the infamous Blockhaus saw Australian Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) edge out Frenchman Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) on a day of great drama on the Giro d’Italia.
Hindley, who lost the maglia rosa to Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart on the final day of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, confirmed his return to form after claiming victory in a six-man sprint by going long into the finish in uphill and leading around the final bend from the front.
Overnight leader Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) fought back after a minor crash on the final ascent to limit his losses and retain the pink jersey by just 12 seconds over incoming Portuguese Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) in the second of the three rest days. .
The new general classification has the top five riders separated by just 20 seconds with Bardet, Carapaz and Hindley moving up the classification behind Lopez and Almeida. But there is no place in the GC picture for Briton Simon Yates after the BikeExchange-Jayco leader cracked early on the final climb en route to dispatch 11 minutes to his rivals.
How can I watch?
Each stage will be broadcast in its entirety on Eurosport and GCN+, under the direction of The breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui and Dan Lloyd. Rob Hatch and Hannah Walker will be in the commentary box with regular contributions from pundits Robbie McEwen, Sean Kelly and Adam Blythe, with Bradley Wiggins doing his thing on the back of a motorbike.
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