Australian Jai Hindley continued his quiet rise within the Giro d’Italia General Classification rankings, once again finishing within the front group to move up to seventh overall.
Dutchman and team leader Wilco Kelderman rode tactfully to protect his second place overall, finishing in the front group alongside Hindley. Hindley also now sits second in the Youth Classification and will don the white Youth Leaders jersey tomorrow in place of race leader João Almeida – who will continue to wear the Maglia Rosa (pink leaders jersey).
It was a nervous final 50 kilometres in the race from Lanciano to the coastal town of Tortoreto. Rain made sure the reduced peloton ascended and descended the final six climbs of the day cautiously, with Team Sunweb managing to stay safe and out of trouble.
Kelderman’s second place on the general classification was briefly under threat when Pello Bilbao gained a dangerous 40 second advantage on the bunch. However great teamwork and then strong legs from Kelderman and Hindley ensured Bilbao’s attack was neutralised, just in time for the finish.
Hindley and Kelderman finished fifth and eighth respectively on the stage to make it another classy top ten for the team.
Earlier in the day, plenty of riders were keen to take their chances in the day’s breakaway with the enthusiasm meaning it took almost 100 kilometres before the peloton finally gave up and settled into a more sedate rhythm. The break gained almost five minutes before other teams tried to bring it back for a potential sprint. Peter Sagan survived from the day’s break to take the stage victory.
The peloton faced five climbs inside the final 50 kilometres, with Team Sunweb coming to the fore to protect the leaders and be on the front foot on the tricky descents.
Michael Matthews did not start stage 10 due to a positive COVID-19 test. Read more on that here.