Race report

Nico Denz sprints to 6th as team conserves energy and maintains their GC positions

Giro d'Italia

Stage 11 of the Giro saw the peloton faced with a 182 kilometre long stage from Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini. Although it featured a few small hills littered throughout the parcours, it was a day that was expected to end in a bunch sprint finish, with the team setting out with the main goal to get through the stage safely and conserve as much energy as possible.

A break of five riders managed to roll off the front of the peloton in the opening kilometres and quickly build up a lead of almost four minutes. However, the peloton didn’t allow the gap to grow any further, keeping them close all day and slowly reeling them in. Yet as the hills came thick and fast in the finale he break did well to hold off the peloton until six kilometres to go.

Heading into the technical finish, the team did well to move GC riders Wilco Kelderman and Jai Hindley into a safe position towards the front of the peloton. With Kelderman and Hindley safe, Nico Denz took his chance in the bunch sprint finish and delivered a good turn of speed to cross the line in sixth place. As there were no gaps on the line, the GC standings remain the same with Kelderman in second and Hindley in seventh ahead of tomorrow’s stage.

“It was a pretty easy day in the bunch until the last 60 kilometres where it really spiced up a bit,”  explained Hindley at the finish. “The guys looked after me and Wilco really well. They positioned us great into the final few kilometres there and we could come in with the main sprint group and not lose any time. It was a pretty straightforward stage but kudos to the guys for doing another great job of looking after us all day.”

Team Sunweb coach Matt Winston added: “It was a standard sprint day where a small breakaway went clear. The guys looked after themselves all day. The last 50 kilometres were pretty hectic as we came into Rimini with lots of small lanes, but we positioned well and looked after each other. We were able to bring Wilco and Jai into the finish in a good way to protect our GC positions, so all-in-all a good day where we ticked off our goals and we look forward to tomorrow.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 DÉMARE Arnaud Groupama - FDJ 4:03:52 100
2 SAGAN Peter BORA - hansgrohe ,, 40
3 HODEG Álvaro José Deceuninck - Quick Step ,, 20
6 DENZ Nico Team Sunweb ,, -
16 KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb ,, -
26 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb ,, -
28 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb ,, -
40 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb ,, -
87 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb 1:00 -
98 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb 1:42 -