The Cycling Weekly highlights package from the stage which finally saw an Italian win at the home race this year Dainese a surprise sprint winner
More than two years after his last victory, Alberto Dainese (Team DSM) is a winner again.
While stage eleven of the Giro was always likely to be one for the sprinters it’s safe to say that few would have predicted the 24-year-old as the likely victor at the start of the day in Santarcangelo Di Romagna.
After the race, Dainese stated that the team’s original plans were to ride for their other fast man, Cees Bol. But somewhere along the road to Reggio Emilia the plan changed.
Heading into the final 500 metres, you’d still have had little idea that Dainese was even in the picture, let alone with a chance of the win. But as Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), who had gone early, began to tire and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) finally appeared to have the win that had so far eluded him at the race, Dainese used Simone Consonni (Cofidis) like a slingshot to take it on the line.
The lack of any real sprint trains was evident in the last kilometre of the race, and the loss of Michael Mørkøv (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), who left the race due to ilness, will have surely hurt team mate Mark Cavendish , who finished the stage in sixth place, behind Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal). From here on in it’s slim pickings for the sprinters and on today’s evidence, […]