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Giro d’Italia: Hirt in 22nd place overall after stage 11

Jan Hirt moved up to 22nd place in the general classification after very lively and demanding stage 11 of Giro d’Italia.

Info: Stage 11, May 17th, Firenze – Bagno di Romagna, 161km

Course: hilly (two cat. 2 and two cat. 3 climbs)

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After the time trial, in which Nairo Quintana (Movistar) lost few minutes and the pink jersey, the Spanish team was eager to reduce time differential in GC quickly. Thus, they set very high pace early on, which caused the race to explode. In addition to that, many riders wanted to get into the breakaway, so various groups were all over the first climb of the day.

Eventually 25 escapees went clear, but among them there were no CCC Sprandi Polkowice representatives. It included Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) though, who decided to take off with around 110km to go. They continued to extend the lead, stretching it out to 5 minutes over the bunch and 2:20 over the 23-chasing group.

They got caught by the chasers with 41km remaining, but on the final climb Fraile pulled away once again, this time with Pierre Rolland (Cannondale Drapac). After the descent Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) bridged to the leading duo and 1km from the line also Tanel Kangert (Astana) joined them. Despite very aggressive ride throughout the entire day, Fraile still had enough in the tank and sprinted to victory. Costa was 2nd and Rolland 3rd.

Jan Hirt came in in the third group, 2:24 behind the winner, in 31st place and moved up to 22nd place overall.  Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) retained the pink jersey.

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