Giro d'Italia
Stage 10: Modela - Salsomaggiore - Stage Details

ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Michael Matthews started the tenth stage of the Giro d’Italia bruised and battered following a heavy crash on Sunday. Sport Director Matt White had reported it was uncertain if the former maglia rosa would be able to make it to the finish. Matthews surprised. Not only did he finish the stage but he contested the crash-marred finale, sprinting to third behind three-time stage winner Nacer Bouhanni ( and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing).

The first attack following the stage start in Modena translated into the early breakaway. Marco Bandiera (Androni Giocattoli) and Andrea Fedi (Neri Sottoli) traded pulls to put time into the bunch. When they stretched their advantage beyond the eight minute mark, BMC and Omega Pharma - Quick-Step took up the chase.

The chase was initially slow and steady. When the sprint teams came to fore, the demise of the early escape quickly followed. The only climb of the day came just inside the final peloton and served to string out the race-weary peloton.

Matthews looked after himself in the sprint. He managed to avoid the late race pile-up that left only a handful of riders in contention for the sprint.

Bouhanni was the first to open the sprint, coming off Nizzolo’s wheel as he charged to the line. Matthews made up a few spots when he unleashed his accelearation but lacked the leg speed to overtake Bouhanni and Nizzolo before reaching the finish. 

“Michael turned himself inside out to get that result. He definitely has a lot of discomfort from his crash. The rest day yesterday helped, and today was one of the easier days to nurse the guys through the race. We’ll see if he can get up again tomorrow and go even better.” - Sport Director Matt White



Place Rider/Team Time
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) - 4:01:13
2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) - Trek Factory Racing ST
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
4 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) - Lampre-Merida ST
5 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) - Bardiani-CSF ST
6 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) - Team Katusha ST
7 Albert Timmer (Ned) - Team Giant-Shimano ST
8 Ben Swift (GBr) - Team Sky ST
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC Racing Team ST
10 Mauro Finetto (Ita) - Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
73 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
92 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:23
109 Pieter Weening (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:08
153 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:26
176 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:58
177 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST