Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) took stage 11 of the Giro after a day of constant attacking from the front of the race.
Fraile was part of an early break with Team Sky’s Mikel Landa and the two stayed away from a large chasing group for a majority of the day.
The day began almost immediately with the climb of the category 2 Passo della Consuma which began after 15km of racing and Movistar set their stall out with a fierce pace right from the off which prevented a breakaway forming.
The tempo Movistar was putting on was such that after just 20km of racing there were only 40 riders left in the main peloton. The attacks were coming thick and fast with riders such as Mikel Landa – out for stage wins after the motorcycle incident on stage 9 ended his GC hopes – and Rui Costa (UAE), but they were constantly brought back by Movistar and the peloton.
Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step) and Igot Anton (Dimension Data) were able to get a gap to the peloton – or what we left of it – towards the top of the climb with De Plus taking full mountain points on the summit with the maglia rosa group 50″ behind.
On the descent the pair managed to carve out a lead of 2′ and more significantly were joined by a large group of 23 riders with most teams represented, including 3 riders from Movistar as well as Mikel Landa and Rui Costa.
The 25 riders in the lead were Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Hubert Dupont, Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Dario Cataldo, Tanel Kangert (Astana), Ben Hermans (BMC), Pierre Rolland, Hugh Carthy, Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Ivan Rovny (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Tomasz Marczynski, Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Soudal), Andrey Amador, José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Ruben Plaza (Orica-Scott), Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step Floors), Igor Anton, Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Martijn Keizer (LottoNL-Jumbo), Philip Deignan, Mikel Landa (Team Sky), Laurens ten Dam (Team Sunweb), Rui Costa and Simone Petilli (UAE).
The addition of the Movistar riders in the break helped to ease the pace in the peloton and as riders got back on after a brutal start to the stage, Team Sunweb took over pacemaking to help Dumoulin.
The next climb was the category 3 Passo della Calla and immediately Landa was attacking the group with Fraile and the pair managed to get away from the break with their advantage back to the peloton being 3’40” and the chase group of 23 being 1’40” behind.
With 90km to go as Landa and Fraile reached the top of the climb the gap back to Dumoulin in the peloton was 5’08” with the chasing group still around 1’30” behind.
The chasing group on the road lacked cohesion despite having an advantage of more than 3′ on the peloton and as they began to climb the category 3 Passe del Carnaio with 70km to go Montaguti decided to attack himself and try and get up to Landa and Fraile. His attack didn’t last long and he was soon brought back by the group.
In the peloton Dumoulin was surrounded by his teammates, with the exception of ten Dam who was up the road. Desipte this Movistar were also keeping him close by as they tried to pile the pressure onto Sunweb.
In the chasing group Andrey Amador was biding his time as he waited for the moment to attack. The Costa Rican was a big threat to Dumoulin at 4’39” back and the presence of his teammates in the break put even more pressure on Sunweb to keep them under control.
With 50km remaining in the stage and one more climb to go – the category 2 Monte Fumaiolo – Landa and Fraile had a lead of 1’39” on the Amador chasing group with Dumoulin at 5’00.
As they began to approach the final climb Trek-Segafredo and FDJ began to help Sunweb on the front as they began to get concerned about their own GC positions and were able to trim a few seconds off the lead.
With 40km to go the increase in pace by the Amador group had almost brought back Landa and Fraile with the gap to Dumoulin now reduced to just over 3′. Fraile was soon caught by the chasers but Landa refused to give in and kept trying to stay away despite the rapidly approaching chasers.
His efforts took their toll though and a few km later Landa was caught and subsequently dropped by the chasers who wanted to maintain their lead of 3′ over Dumoulin’s peloton.
Rojas was putting in a huge effort at the head of the breakaway to try and stay away for Amador and wear Sunweb down but eventually he pulled off which opened the door for an attack from De Plus and Costa with Rolland making it to them shortly after.
With 27km to go and the three riders making headway up the road from the break Amador attacked the break to try and get to the leaders.
In the peloton Nibali had decided that his time to attack had arrived and tried to attack followed by Thomas, Dumoulin, Yates, Quintana, Pinot and other GC riders.
The three leaders were brought back by Amador’s increase in pace but Rolland went again and took Fraile with him as they neared the summit.
In the GC group Thomas was going backwards along with Kruiswijk as the two leaders at the front had 2’30” over Dumoulin’s maglia rosa group.
As they approached the summit Pinot attacked the GC group and was able to get around 5″ as he went over the top. Fraile and Rolland’s gap had grown to 2′ over the Dumoulin group as they made their bid for the stage win with around 22km to go.
Nibali’s descending skills were put to good use as he attacked on the descent and soon forged a 10″ gap on Dumoulin as he pursued Pinot who was a few seconds ahead of him.
Dumoulin managed to pull Nibali back though and the pair of them managed to bring back Pinot as a group containing Costa and De Plus were trying to chase down Rolland and Fraile at the front of the race, who had just 17km to go.
The two leaders were able to maintain a gap of around 14″ despite attacks from Costa and Amador on the descent but with 9km to go Costa managed to make it to the leading duo.
Dumoulin was now joined by ten Dam as the pace on the maglia rosa group was kept high to try and prevent further GC attacks to steal seconds at the finish.
The addition of Costa to the leaders was welcomed as they worked together and soon had pushed the gap to the chasers back to 17″ with 7km to go, with Dumoulin now at 2’02”.
The chasing group were not giving up though and Astana riders Cataldo and Kangert were pushing hard to catch the lead group and as they went inside the last 3km the leader’s had seen their gap cut back to 9″.
Cataldo was pushing hard to bring them back and his efforts were used as a launch pad for Kangert to bridge over to the leading trio and with 1.2km to go he made the catch.
Kangert was leading the quartet into the final km as they started to play cat and mouse to get the best position. Fraile launched his sprint with 150m to go and none of the others had an answer leaving Fraile to take the stage.
2017 Giro d’Italia Stage 11: Firenze>Bagno di Romagna 161km
|Position||Name (Team – Nationality)||Time|
|1||Omar Fraile (Dimension Data – Spa)||4:23:14″|
|2||Rui Costa (UAE – Por)||–|
|3||Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac – Fra)||–|
|4||Tanel Kangert (Astana – Est)||–|
|5||Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida – Ita)||–|
|6||Ben Hermans (BMC – Bel)||–|
|7||Dario Cataldo (Astana – Ita)||–|
|8||Simone Petilli (UAE -It)||–|
|9||Maxime Montfort (Lotto-Soudal – Bel)||+3″|
|10||Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step – Bel)||–|
|Position||Name (Team – Nationality)||Time|
|1||Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb – Ned)||47:22:07″|
|2||Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col)||+2’23”|
|3||Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo – Ned)||+2’38”|
|4||Thibaut Pinot (FDJ – Fra)||+2’40”|
|5||Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita)||+2’47”|
|6||Andrey Amador (Movistar –
|7||Bob Jungels (Quick-Step – Lux)||+3’56”|
|8||Tanel Kangert (Astana – Est)||+3’59”|
|9||Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R – Ita)||+4’05”|
|10||Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha – Alpecin – Rus)||+4’17”|