Flatter than a flat thing from Flat Town was Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia. So with 203km to ride, it looked to be pretty uneventful until the final kilometre or so. And so it was, except for a little echelon action in the middle, but other than using up energy, nothing really came of it. But for a no-surprise stage, it really did have the twist in the tail – or a rocket in its pocket. Team DSM’s Alberto Dainese came out of nowhere, hoodwinking the lot of them, to take the bunch win from a very frustrated Fernando Gaviria (UAE). Simone Consonni of the Mighty ‘Dis was third. Did the GC change at all? Only marginally – Richard Carapaz picked up 3 bonus seconds at the second intermediate sprint and is now in 2nd overall, on the same time as Joao Almeida. Did the jerseys change at all? No. They did not.
Stage 9 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia promised fireworks and we got them. With a kilometre to go, Egan Bernal made sure he put his team’s work to good use and rocketed past the two remaining breakers, Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Jumbo’s Koen Bouwman, and away from his GC rivals to take his first Grand Tour stage win (yes, it’s true) and the maglia rosa.
Stage 8 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia had equal shares of craziness and torpor. Victor Lafay of Cofidis won from the day’s breakaway. Meanwhile, the GC riders all came home together and a couple of sprinters made minor headlines (for the wrong reasons).