Giro d’Italia 2021 : Stage 12 – Vendrame survives breakaway squabbles; GC favorites sleep it off

Despite having an exciting route on paper, Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia proved once again that long grand tour stages are very rarely exciting. With a breakaway more than 10 minutes up the road, the peloton took an opportunity to recover from yesterday’s excitement. Up ahead, the race got only slightly kinky as Andrea Vandrame (AG2R La Citroen) outsprinted DSM’s Chris Hamilton, while George Bennett (Jumbo Visma) and Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) had a lover’s quarrel in the race for 3rd and 4th place. Continue reading

Giro d’Italia 2021 : Stage 11 – Schmid takes the stage but Bernal puts on the show

Stage 11 of this year’s Giro d’Italia might not have been the mudfest of 2010’s strade bianche stage, but the drama did not disappoint. Mauro Schmid of Qhubeka Assos took his first professional win in a lung-busting sprint to the line with fellow breaker Alessandro Covi (UAE), three minutes ahead of the GC. But it was race leader Egan Bernal who put the fire in the race as he showed his ruthless side, putting the screws to all his rivals and some clear space between himself and Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana)  who now sits in second at 45sec. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) is in 3rd at 1.12. The top 10 got quite the shuffling, with Emanuel Buchmann (Bora) coming out of the stage the best, by jumping from 15th to 6th.

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Giro Tweets of the Week : Crazy Giro hijinx, farm-track fun and sockless lunacy

We are packed, PACKED with Giro goodness, plus farm-track fun with Tro-Bro Leon. We have GC intermediate sprints! We have cats predicting stage wins! We have Caleb Ewan controversy! We have otters with pockets! We have sockless commentators!! And so much more …

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