Matej Mohoric wins the longest Giro stage
Matej Mohoric wins the longest Giro stageAfter riding for over 244 kilometers, BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM’s Matej Mohoric celebrated the prestigious victory in Gualdo Tadino, winning the longest stage of the 101st Giro d’Italia. The young Slovene had worked hard for this success, riding in two different lead groups throughout the stage.
After the second rest day, the 101st Giro d’Italia served up a very long transitional stage . The 10th stage leading from Penne to Gualdo Tadino was an impressive 244 kilometers long. With three categorized climbs, two occurred in the first hour of racing and the last in the final hour of the stage. From the start BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM’s Matej Mohoric was in an attack mode. The young Slovene made it into a lead group that formed on the first categorized climb of the day and this grew from twelve to 14 riders. At first the gap to the peloton grew steadily to almost three minutes, but the fight for the overall standings heated up and thwarted the chances of the attackers: Esteban Chaves as the second-placed rider in the overall standings got dropped and the peloton split in two , the speed of the chasers increased substantially. The early lead group got reeled in bit by bit, and there were still 160 kilometers to get to the finish line. For the next eighty kilometers, the pursuit race between the two parts of the peloton shaped the stage. As the rain began to fall less riders thought about attacking.
With 82 kilometers to go Marco Frapporti accelerated from the first peloton to make a bid for a solo stage win. When the Italian had built a lead of almost three minutes a number of teams upped the pace to chase him down. Meanwhile Matej Mohoric dropped back to the team car to ask the sports directors of the BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM for permission to attack one more time. When Davide Villella attacked with about 40 kilometers to go, he gave chase and these two riders caught up with Frapporti before the top of the day’s final categorized climb and dropped him right away. On the following wet street descent Matej Mohoric put his expert bike handling skills to use, dropping Villella repeatedly while getting caught by Nico Denz with about 20 kilometers to go. Throughout the final eleven kilometers these two riders cooperated nicely, keeping their chasers at bay. Matej Mohoric and Denz only started to play games on the last kilometer, with Mohoric riding from the front, dropping the speed a little bit and then accelerating to the win. This was the second victory of the season for him. As Esteban Chaves lost more than 25 minutes and dropped out of the top 10, Domenico Pozzovivo moved up one place to 4th in the overall standings.
101st Giro d’Italia
Stage 10: Penne - Gualdo Tadino, 244km
1. Matej Mohoric, SVN/BAHRAIN MERIDA PRO CYCLING TEAM, in 6:04.52 hours
2. Nico Denz, GER, st
3. Sam Bennett, IRL, + 0.34