Fraile takes Giro stage 11, Dumoulin retains overall lead

Ruben Hill
May 19, 2017

The Quick Step-Floors rider, back on his favourite terrain after a day in the mountains on Wednesday, outsprinted Italian Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestine) and Ireland's Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) after a ideal leadout from his team mates.

Gaviria, who hadn't won a Grand Tour stage until this year, once again edged out Italy's Jakub Mareczko at the end of the 229-kilometer (142-mile) route from Forli to Reggio Emilia.

The Movistar rider, as well as Italy's defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, will heap the pressure on next week when the real climbing begins from stage 16 onwards, before the race finishes in Milan on May 28.

Costa, the reigning Abu Dhabi Tour champion, completed the 161 kilometre Firenze to Bagno Di Romagna stage in four hours, 23 minutes and 14 seconds, narrowly missing out to stage victor Omar Fraile of Team Dimension Data.

The Dutch rider's lead remained 2 minutes, 23 seconds ahead of 2014 victor Nairo Quintana and 2:38 ahead of Bauke Mollema.

"Initially I was a bit anxious when Max Richeze had a flat tyre because he's got a very important role in my lead out", said Gaviria, who leads the sprint classification.

Mirco Maestri had been hoping for a first stage win, in his hometown, and he was part of the early break along with Sergey Firsanov and Marco Marcato.

Dumoulin was untroubled, as expected given the nature of the stage, ensuring he remains the man to catch. "I had to hold off Caleb Ewan - at two-hundred metres to go he tried to come across me so I had to stay strong".

It was a frantic, wind-blown finale to the flat 167 kilometre stage from Reggio Emilia which concluded with a hard-fought sprint. "It was actually faster than it looked, but still we didn't have to work and it was a good day".

With three kilometres remaining, Italian veteran Filippo Pozzato (Wilier-Selle Italia) made a half-hearted attempt to end the host nation's barren run - but his attack was quickly swallowed up by the rampaging peloton. Sam Bennett (IRL/BOR) s.t., 4. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) s.t., 10. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +2:40 5.

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