Today’s afternoon of racing at the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia could be split in two distinct parts; a flatter opening 100 kilometres before a hillier final 30 kilometres of action. It was a fast start to the stage as the riders left the town of Riccione, with multiple attacks at the head of the peloton. The team did a good job to control things and cover any dangeorus moves before a four rider group got clear and built up their lead over the peloton.
Unlike yesterday’s stage, the bunch didn’t allow their advantage to grow out too far and heading into the hilly finale the race was all back together. Development Team DSM came to the fore, alongside Colpack, to set a strong tempo over the climbs to try and split the bunch and keep Henri Vandenabeele safe. Between the two main climbs on the valley road a group of 12 riders, featuring Vandenabeele and Leon Heinschke, got a small gap over the peloton but as the road headed upwards again they were caught.
On the steep final ramps of the last climb, the eventual stage winner made their move with a small group going clear. Vandenabeele crossed the line safely within the peloton, around ten seconds back on the winner. Tomorrow sees another tricky day in the saddle with a lot of climbing in the middle part of the stage before a flatter run to the line.