Race report

Henri Vandenabeele stays 3rd on GC after breakaway takes spoils in Andalo

Giro Ciclistico d'Italia

With yesterday’s queen stage behind them, the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia peloton once again took on the climbs today with a tricky 115 kilometre long stage from Aprica to Andalo on the menu. It was a fierce start to the day with a lot of attacks at the front of the peloton, particularly on the opening climb of the day where eventually a large 38 rider breakaway went clear.

Sticking to their plan, Development Team DSM rallied around third placed rider on GC, Henri Vandenabeele, and helped to set the tempo at the front of the peloton. Riding in a controlled manner throughout the stage, the team upped the pace on the final ascent of the day, drastically reducing the size of the peloton after some strong riding by each rider. The remnants of the breakaway held on to take the stage victory, with Vandenabeele winning the sprint from the chasing Maglia Rosa group behind for 12th place; holding onto third place on GC for the team.

“It was a fast stage this afternoon with the big breakaway holding on to win,” said Vandenabeele. “The team were awesome once again today. We helped take control of the peloton and the guys pulled one-by-one until there were only ten riders left in the end. Hats off to their performance.”

Team DSM coach Bennie Lambregts added: “It was hard from the beginning today, with around 30 kilometres of uphill. On the climb a big break of around 38 riders went clear. We stuck to our plan, to stick with Henri and really control the race like we did yesterday. We wanted to bring him onto the final 15 kilometre climb in a nice way. I think the guys did a really good job again today, riding really well as a team. It’s not something you see often at this level and there have been other teams that have said they’re really impressed by that. The result from that work is that Henri is still in the top three on GC and he was the best finisher in the Maglia Rosa group at the finish. I think we can be proud of the whole team’s performance today.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 CIUCCARELLI Riccardo Biesse Arvedi 2:58:30 7
2 JOHANNESSEN Anders Halland Uno-X Dare Development Team 0:26 3
3 MERCHAN Didier Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW Bicicletas 0:40 1