Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) won the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia by out sprinting his 2 late breakaway mates, Andrey Amador (Movistar) and Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quickstep).
It was a long 227km from Modena to Asolo with the first 200km being all flat. The final 20km was where it got a bit interesting as 3 short sharp climb would be contested. The early break of 3 riders that formed in the morning had no chance of surviving and they were caught on the slopes of the first of the 3 climbs.
The race defining moment though came just a few kilometers before this climb, when there was a mass crash in the peloton. At least half the peloton was caught up in the carnage with a number of our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders delayed by the pile up. Igor Anton was our only rider to hit the deck but fortunately he was okay to carry on, the downside though was that he would lose some time on the stage.
Kanstanstin Siutsou made it through the chaos in good shape and he was part of the select group that started the 3 sharp rollers together. Movistar and Astana were the two teams forcing the pace on the climb and then Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was also pushing the pace on the first descent. It was the counter attack by Bob Jungels and Andrey Amador that counted though as the duo got the jump on the group.
Ulissi would cross the 10 second gap to the 2 leaders with around 5km to go and the trio were then able to extend their margin to a winning gap. Ulissi won the sprint ahead of the other 2 with Siutsou coming across with all the favourites, in 16th place and 13 seconds behind the stage winner. This ensured Siutsou kept his 16th position in the overall classification.
Jens Zemke – Sport Director
So after a super tough stage yesterday where the riders suffered a lot, today was not as easy as we thought it might be. We selected this stage for Kristian some time ago already, unfortunately he caught a bit of bronchitis so he isn’t on top of the game at the moment. We were riding to not lose any time for our GC riders, unfortunately just 10km before the climb there was a big crash and the bunch split into 7 or 8 groups. Kanstantsin was in the first group, that was a good thing, Igor was in the 2nd group with Kristian 1’30” down. If Kristian was 100% he would have stayed in the first group and we could have gone for the stage result. There are still a lot of tough stages to come which we look forward to