Giro d’Italia #10: Nizzolo comes home 5th in sprint finale

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) won the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia, sprinting to the win ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia was just a short and flat 145km from Ravenna to Modena. Following the rest day, the peloton was somewhat subdued today as only 2 riders jumped into the break, resulting in the race running 15 minutes behind schedule.

Nevertheless, come the final, the sprinters teams took charge and upped the ante over the last 20km. Team Dimension Data did well to look after Giacomo Nizzolo once again coming into the final 3km, Mark Renshaw piloted him to the head of affairs.

Under the kilometer to go banner, a crash in the front 20 places took a number of riders out of contention but Nizzolo was ahead of the carnage. On the wheel of Demare with 250m to go, Nizzolo switched to the pace line of Viviani and Caleb Ewan but it was Demare who had the legs today.

Nizzolo was 5th over the line, his 3rd top 10 result of the race. Ben O’Connor and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier were both involved in the final crash. Thankfully, no serious injuries were sustained by either, and they will be fit to start tomorrows stage.

“The stage following a rest day is always an interesting one, as the body can respond in strange ways after some time off. We seemed to have a bit of that sluggish feeling today. We were part of the final though, as we had hoped to be, and Nizzolo could contest the sprint which was good. After analyzing the sprint later, we will determine what we can change to get a better result. As tomorrow is likely to be another sprint, our focus is definitely to better our 5th place result of today.” – Alex Sans Vega, Sport Director