Spanish rider Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) won the 161km Firenze (Ponte a Ema) to Bagno di Romagna 11th stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team) finished second and third..
The day was about Fraile. He escaped early with 25 riders and he and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) broke away and rode most of the stage with a 2 minute lead over the rest of the escapees. It wasn’t until the last climb until they were caught and both seemingly looked gone.
Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) was one of the main antagonists and got a break heading near the top of the climb when suddenly, Fraile came out of the pack to not only take king of the mountain honours, but broke away with Rolland. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), bridged across to them on the descent and the 3 had a slender lead of 20 seconds in the final 10 kilometres.
It looked like the three were going to battle out stage victory with the finish line approaching but with 3km to go, they started to attack each other and Tanel Kangert (Astana) bridged across from a chasing group consisting of approximately 10 riders.
Rolland and Kangert were the main antagonists whilst Fraile just kept watching. Kangert opened the sprint with Rolland on his wheel but it was Fraile who out-sprinted everyone easily to take his first Grand Tour stage victory.
After looking down and out, the Spaniard made a tremendous recovery and was ecstatic after the stage.
“It’s been an incredible day. It couldn’t have gone any better. I’m super happy. It’s a win I’ve dreamt of for a long time. I’ve had a passion for the Giro since I was a kid. This is my best win ever,” Fraile said.
Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) remains the General Classification race leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa
“We were not scared of Amador or the Astana riders. We were doing our own pace. We knew other teams would also ride behind them so we never considered giving away the Maglia Rosa. It was an amazing team work and we are really happy,” Dumoulin said.
1 – Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) – 161km in 4h23’14”, average speed 36,697km/h
2 – Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3 – Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 2’23”
3 – Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) at 2’38”
- Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
- Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
- Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)
- Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)