Former pink jersey wearers Simon Gerrans and Michael Matthews rolled in with a largely diminished peloton for 15th and 16th positions on stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia today.
Despite the best efforts from their teammates, including Luke Durbridge, Simon Clarke and Esteban Chaves, ORICA-GreenEDGE were unable to shut done an early breakaway to contest the final.
Meanwhile up ahead, Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) attacked the escapees for a solo victory in Imola.
Much like the surprise finish of yesterday’s stage, a lack of interest from teams to bring it back together that saw another successful day for those up the road.
“Today was an incredibly hard stage and it was always going to be,” sport director Matt White said.
|1||Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) - Team Katusha||3:55:08|
|2||Carlos Betancur (COL) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:53|
|3||Franco Pellizotti (ITA) - Androni Giocattoli||0:00:53|
|4||Benat Intxausti (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:53|
|5||Diego Rosa (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:53|
|6||Steven Kruijswijk (NED) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo||0:00:53|
|7||Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) - Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||0:00:53|
|8||Maciej Paterski (POL) - CCC Sprandi Polkowice||0:00:58|
|9||Philippe Gilbert (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:58|
|10||Juan Jose Lobato (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:01:02|
|15||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:02|
|16||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:02|
|65||Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:55|
|67||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:55|
|75||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:05|
|106||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:05|
|123||Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:05|
|156||Brett Lancaster (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:05|
|162||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:05|