Sterrato benefits Egan Bernal, Mauro Schmid wins Giro d'Italia stage 11
May 19 2021 11:25 pm CET

Sterrato benefits Egan Bernal, Mauro Schmid wins Giro d'Italia stage 11
Sterrato benefits Egan Bernal, Mauro Schmid wins Giro d'Italia stage 11
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Mauro Schmid (Qhubeka Assos) has taken the victory of the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia, while Egan Bernal has extended his lead of the General Classification and Remco Evenepoel lost more than two minutes.

The first day after the first rest day was over a difficult 162-kilometre route that featured four stretches of sterrato, including several climbs. The breakaway group included riders like Lawrence Naesen, Dries De Bondt, Taco van der Hoorn, Francesco Gavazzo and Roger Kluge among others, and it got a gap of more than 14 minutes with the pack.

At the first gravel stretch, Ineos-Grenadiers' Filippo Ganna took the lead of the pack and created a break that left behind most of the favourites for the General Classification like Remco Evenepeoel, Aleksandr Vlasov and Simon Yates while the overall leader Egan Bernal stayed at his wheel.

Although the group rejoined thanks to the efforts of Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Astana, the pressure in the front of the pack by teams like Ineos-Grenadiers and Movistar -working for its leader Marc Soler- managed to lose Evenepoel again. The Belgian rider stayed the rest of the stage struggling behind trying to get closer to the Maglia Rosa group.

Meanwhile, the group in front also got slimmer until only De Bondt, Mauro Schimd and Alessandro Covi remained while the other ones tried hard to return. The Maglia Rosa group also got smaller but included riders like Vlasov, Giulio Ciccone, Vincenzo Nibali, Pello Bilbao, Emanuel Buchmann, Damiano Caruso, Yates, and Hugh Carthy, among others, and Evenepoel was joined in the back by Joao Almeida to try to minimise the loses.

Schmid and Covi entered the last five kilometres alone in front, while in the favourites' group Buchmann attacked and the rhythm left behind riders like Nibali, Soler and Bilbao. Moments later, Vlasov launched a new attack and was followed by Bernal, who metres later made a move and left the Russian behind.

In the front, Schmid and Covi arrived together to the last kilometre and the Swiss rider of Qhubeka Assos took the victory. Minutes later, Bernal and Buchmann arrived to the last kilometre and the Colombian accelerated and croseds the finish line in the first position. 23 seconds later Vlasov arrived to the finish and one second later, Yates and Caruso.

Two minutes and 8 seconds after the Colombian crossed the line, Evenepoel arrived to the finish. The Russian leader of Astana-Premier Tech climbed to the second position of the General Classification, where he sits 45 seconds behind Bernal, while Caruso is at one minute and 12 seconds behind the rider of Ineos-Grenadiers.



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