All eyes on the mountains after final flat stage at Giro d’Italia

Wed 22 May 2019

For the second consecutive day at the Giro d’Italia, stage 11 finished in an expected bunch sprint - the 221km day and a pan-flat parcours offering nothing to use as a launchpad to shake up proceedings.

With the final bunch sprint out of the way, the attention of Mitchelton-SCOTT turns immediately towards the imminent mountains.

A final flat day:
In what is the final flat stage of the week, and one of the last for the race, it was once again clear that stage 11 would finish in a bunch sprint. 

Three riders, all from pro-Continental teams, formed the breakaway and immediately gained a five-minute advantage before the sprint teams settled in controlled them for the majority of the day between two and three minutes.

Without too much effort, the trio were brought back with around 25km remaining and, like yesterday, the peloton rolled towards the finish line together. 

Despite a late solo launch with four kilometres remaining the expected sprint prevailed, finishing without mishap to see Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) take his second win. 

Simon Yates:
“There’s not a lot to say because nothing happened today, I just sat in the wheels and now I’m looking forward to tomorrow. 

“For sure tomorrow will be fast. I am expecting fireworks in the beginning for the breakaway and then the racing will settle down a bit. 

“Everybody needs to gain time, including me, if we want to win the race, so these next stages will be fast.” 

Giro d’Italia – Stage 11 Results:
1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) 5:17:26
2. Arnaud Demare (Groupama FDJ) ST
3. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
21. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST 

Giro d’Italia – General Classification after Stage 11:
1. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) 45:02:05
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +1:50
3. Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) +2:21
4. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +5:36

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