Giro d’Italia #21: Rome provides the backdrop for bunch sprint

The final stage of the Giro d’Italia took place around a spectacular circuit in the the center of Rome. The course was rather technical though, and after the first lap the race organization announced the GC race would be neutralized, but the stage honors were still on offer.

Once the announcement was made, a group of riders broke from the peloton, including Ben King for Team Dimension Data. Quick- Step work hard at the front of the group to bring back, ensuring that the final stage ended in a bunch sprint. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) out sprinted the field, with Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) crossing second and Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team) taking third spot.

This year’s race, starting in Israel, was a tough race, with the last week offering some difficult stages. For Team Dimension Data, the race provided a series of mixed fortune. Ben O’Connor was a standout success for us and was having the race of his career. He unfortunately crashed during stage 19 and was forced to abandon the race. He was sitting in 12th place in the GC before his crash. The Giro d’Italia was his debut grand tour, and the determination and tenacity shown by the young Australian was a revelation over the three weeks. Igor Anton and Louis Meintjes withdrew from the race after two weeks of racing was covered. We launched our #1000GirlsOnBikes campaign at the start of the race, which has been flourishing as the race has progressed. The campaign will remain a key focus for the team as we head into the month of June, as we aim to impact the lives of 1000 girls and women.

The race was won by Chris Froome (Team Sky), after his strong ride during the Queen stage of the race. He also secured the King of the Mountains jersey. Elia Viviani, after winning four stages, took the sprinters jersey.