Break surprises peloton on stage 10 of Giro d'Italia

Tue 19 May 2015

The breakaway has survived on a bizarre stage ten into Forzi at the Giro d’Italia today.

With an easy category four the only minor climb on the menu, the first day of racing after a much needed rest day was expected to be one dominated by the pure sprinters.

Instead, Nicola Boem (Bardiani – CSF Pro Team) raised his arms in celebration from the escape group, Brett Lancaster rolling across the line in the peloton for 19th position as ORICA-GreenEDGE’s top finisher.

“Being involved in a sprint today was not our priority,” sport director Matt White said.

“But what is surprising is that a couple of teams who would have been interested in the final hesitant to chip in at the end and that’s the reason why the break stayed away.

“For us, there are better suited goals to come and we want to focus our energies on those.”

In what looked like a textbook sprint stage, five riders formed the assumedly doomed escape of the day.

The all-Italian break of Matteo Busato (Southeast), Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Nicola Boem (Bardiani – CSF Pro Team), Oscar Gatto (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) and Alan Marangoni (Cannondale – Garmin) never reached a five-minute advantage from an attentive led by Lotto – Soudal, Trek Factory Racing and Giant – Alpecin.

But to the surprise of many, including those teams who contributed resources to the chase, the gap in the final 20km failed to reduce at the required rate and the victory was contested up ahead.

As the break rolled into the final kilometres and the games began within the lead group, Marangoni tried his luck with a solo attack but was caught in the closing 300m.

Boem timed his move to perfection, sprinting to take the victory.

Tomorrow’s stage 11 is bumpy from start to finish. There are three categorised climbs but many in between, including on the 15.4km finishing circuit in Imola to be completed on three occasions.