Race report

Wilco Kelderman and Jai Hindley hold onto jerseys as breakaway fights for stage win

Giro d'Italia

Photos: Cor Vos

Today’s stage saw the riders faced with a wet and damp 124 kilometres from Abbiategrasso to Asti. As soon as the riders left the neutralised zone, the pace was on, as a group of three riders were followed by a counter attacking group of 11. The two groups eventually combined, forming a strong break of 14 riders out front. Some of the sprint teams, namely Bora, initially tried to control the gap but they eventually stoped pulling.

Team Sunweb took over the pacing at the front of the peloton with Nico Denz, who set a steady tempo as the nearest rider in the breakaway was over one hour down on Wilco Kelderman’s race lead. Denz continued to pull the bunch as the kilometres ticked by and the breakaway fought out the stage win, with the rest of the team keeping Kelderman and Jai Hindley safe. Eventually the peloton came across the line together, with Kelderman and Hindley maintaining the team’s one-two on GC ahead of tomorrow’s penultimate stage.

“It was a short stage today but I really enjoyed every moment in the pink jersey,” explained a smiling Kelderman at the finish. “It’s something that I’ve been dreaming of my whole career so to be able to race a stage in the Giro with it on was incredible. The guys kept me and Jai safe throughout the day so we could save as much energy as possible. Tomorrow will be a tough stage but I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we can hold onto the pink jersey still.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 ČERNÝ Josef CCC Team 2:30:40 100
2 CAMPENAERTS Victor NTT Pro Cycling 0:18 40
3 MOSCA Jacopo Trek - Segafredo 0:26 20
25 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 11:43 -
27 KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb ,, -
30 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb ,, -
37 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb ,, -
45 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, -
57 DENZ Nico Team Sunweb ,, -
63 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb ,, -