Michael Matthews withdrew from the Giro d’Italia ahead of the start of stage 11. Luke Durbridge crashed out of the Italian Grand Tour with a broken collarbone. It was a tough day in the office for ORICA-GreenEDGE but another day of celebration for Australian cycling fans as Mick Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) soloed to victory in Savona.
It was widely believed that the winner of Wednesday’s stage would come from the early breakaway. As a result, making the move of the day proved a challenging exercise. Repeated attacks came from the bunch during the opening two hours of the stage. Eventually 14 riders escaped the peloton’s stranglehold.
Androni-Giocattoli were none too happy to miss out the action. Sent to the front to chase when the breakaway had eight minutes in hand, the Italian team pegged back the race leaders to within two minutes on the start of the final climb. With a bridgeable distance between the peloton and the break, attacks came from the main bunch, and it was game over for the breakaway.
Mick Rogers launched a daring attack on the descent. Although he never gained more than a minute, his solo effort was enough to evade his chasers. He crossed the finish line 10” ahead of Simon Geschke (Giant-Shimano), who led home the substantially reduced bunch. Ivan Santaromita was the top finisher from ORICA-GreenEDGE in 123rd place at 18’14.
"We did not have Michael Matthews start today’s stage due to lingering injuries after his crash over the weekend. It would have been a good day for him. Without Michael, we only had two boys that could have done anything in today’s stage: Pieter Weening or Ivan Santaromita. Pete is still a bit fatigued from his effort the other day and Ivan wasn’t feeling super. There was nothing left for us to do today without being in the break. There are certainly other stages we can target, and it’s better to save our energy for those opportunities." - Sport Director Matt White
|1||Michael Rogers (Aus) - Tinkoff-Saxo||5:48:07|
|2||Simon Geschke (Ger) - Team Giant-Shimano||0:00:10|
|3||Enrico Battaglin (Ita) - Bardiani-CSF||ST|
|4||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|5||Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||ST|
|6||Moreno Moser (Ita) - Cannondale||ST|
|7||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) - Garmin Sharp||ST|
|8||Matteo Rabottini (Ita) - Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo||ST|
|9||Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) - Colombia||ST|
|10||Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) - AG2R La Mondiale||ST|
|123||Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:14|
|155||Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|156||Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|164||Pieter Weening (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|166||Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|