Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) delivered the double after his team delivered him to the uphill finish with pinpoint precision. In a sprint that seemed to go on for minutes into the cross-headwind, the Aussie pocket-rocket surged around Pascal Ackermann‘s (BORA-hansgrohe) with ease. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) finished strongly to place second, snatching the maglia ciclamino from Ackermann in third. The GC remains unchanged on the eve of the first climbing test on stage 12. Continue reading
It was the first full week of the Giro d’Italia and it was a strange ol’ race. Some super sprints, some riding in the rain and a shakeup in the GC before they’ve even gotten to a mountain … All ruminated over in the Twittersphere and plucked out for your reading pleasure … It’s the original, it’s the best, it’s TWEETS OF THE WEEK
It was the longest stage in this year’s Giro d’Italia and, boy, did we feel it. With the threat of rain, mumblings of possible neutralisation of the finish and a technical sprint finish, it felt like quite a cautious stage, with perhaps the crashes over the past few days weighing heavy on the riders’ minds. But nothing was neutralised, there was only a touch of rain and the double zebra-crossings of slippery paint didn’t bring anyone down. The sprint was won by Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan, after a heroic effort by his team from 50km out to keep him in the running over the cat-climbs. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took second, while maglia ciclamino wearer Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) was third.