Omar Fraile takes 11th stage at the Giro d'Italia
May 17 2017 11:11 pm CET

Omar Fraile takes 11th stage at the Giro d'Italia

Dimension Data's Omar Fraile has won the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Spaniard crossed the finish line ahead of Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates) and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale).

The stage was 161 kilometers long between Florence and Bagno di Romagna, being the queen stage of the Apennines with 4 categorized climbs. Along the road, the riders found themselves facing two climbs of the second category and two of the third.

The day started with some attempts at a breakaway but it was only after 50 kilometers into the race that Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) managed to get away from the bunch.

The duo could get an advantage of more than five minutes over the Maglia Rosa group and just behind them a group of more than 20 riders including Ben Hermans (BMC), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Laurens Ten Dam (Team Sunweb), Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates) and Andrey Amador (Movistar) got closer and eventually caught them with more than 30 kilometers to go.

During the climb up the Monte Fumaiolo, Fraile and Rolland went ahead, crossing the KOM line first and managing to take more time on the descent. Behind them the main bunch saw several attacks of the favorites including Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), but they could not get a clear advantage over others like Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).

Within the last 10 kilometers, Costa made contact with the two at the front of the race and the three of them rode together with a chase group getting closer by the meter. With just over one more kilometer to go, Tanel Kangert (Astana) attacked from the chase and managed to catch those in front.

The last kilometer was very fast and the pursuers got closer, but at the end Fraile had the better legs and crossed the finish line ahead of Costa and Rolland.

Kangert and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) completed the top five of the day.

1'38'' later, the group of the favorites arrived together and the top five of the General Classification remains unchanged.
Photo of Omar Fraile by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas