Stage 10 of Giro d’Italia ended in a surprising way, with the breakaway outsmarting the bunch. Nicola Boem claimed the victory, while Grega Bole was the top finisher of the “orange squad”.
200-kilometer stage from Civitanova Marche do Forlì was flat as pancake and it was expected that it will finish with a bunch sprint. The escapees chances to go all the way are very slim. That was the reason why CCC Sprandi Polkowice didn’t put in the maximum effort to get in the escape.
Oscar Gatto (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec), Boem (Bardiani – CSF Pro Team), Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Matteo Busato (Southeast) and Alan Marangoni (Team Cannondale – Garmin) tried their luck and broke clear early into the stage. They advantage increased to 5 minutes, but it seemed like the sprinters’ teams have everything under control. In the end it turned out that the bunch made a mistake in calculations and the gap was too large to close it.
Peloton picked up the pace but it was too late, despite the fact, that the 5-man group lost one of the riders – Oscar Gatto – due to flat tire.
When the leading runners entered the town of Forli, Marangoni decided to make a solo move. He was caught though by his fellow attackers and Boem had the most power in his legs in the sprint. He bested Busato and Malanguti.
“Riders in orange” came in in the slightly divided peloton. Grega Bole finished in 21st place, 18 second behind the winner.