Foligno (Italy) (AFP)
Slovakian Peter Sagan won a massive sprint on Monday at the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Foligno while Colombian Egan Bernal retained the pink jersey of the leader of the general classification.
Sagan’s Bora-hansgrohe team dominated the final 50 kilometers of the 140km race, setting a breakneck pace to drop rivals Sagan ahead of the final, where the 31-year-old sailed past the reduced field for the victory.
Bernal’s compatriot Fernando Gaviria finished second with Italy’s Davide Cimolai third.
After embarking on the scene of the deadly 2009 earthquake in Italy in L’Aquila, a nervous and hectic race saw only the slightest change in the overall standings thanks to Remco Evenepoel, second, out of the peloton for compete in an intermediate sprint.
But while the suspicious pink jersey wearer Bernal followed him down the line with surprising ease, Deceuninck-Quick Step Evenepoel won only a second.
2019 Tour de France champion Bernal now leads the overall race standings by 14 seconds ahead of the 21-year-old Belgian rookie before Tuesday’s rest day, with the top 10 still 61 seconds behind.
The highest-paid rider of the peloton, Peter Sagan, who is said to earn 5.5 million euros ($ 6.68 million) a year, won a Giro stage in his first appearance here in 2020 and said that he would target the sprint points jersey after his second win.
“We didn’t let everyone down, but thanks to my team, the pressure from other teams was less,” said Sagan.
“I’ll take it day in and day out, but I’ll do my best.” I had good legs and good speed so we’ll see, ”said the seven-time winner of Tour de France sprint points.
Tuesday is a day off, but on Wednesday a final 35 km stretch of white dirt roads featured on the Strade Bianche one-day classic will provide the backdrop for a possible upheaval.
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