Alberto Dainese (DSM) became the first Italian winner in this year’s Giro d’Italia when he edged the sprint to take stage 11 in Reggio Emilia on Wednesday. Dainese, 24, who had never previously won a stage in the Giro, beat the  Colombian Fernando Gaviria in the dash for the finish. Another Italian Simone Consonni took third. The Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek) retained the leader’s pink jersey after a 126 mile stage which was relatively comfortable other than the heat and wind. Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, however, pocketed three bonus seconds in an intermediate sprint to climb two places into second, equal in time with the Portuguese Joao Almeida, 12 seconds behind Lopez.

Eritrea’s Biniam Girmay, who on Tuesday became the first black African to win a stage at the Giro, pulled out before the start following a podium accident after his win. The unfortunate Girmay was hit in the left eye by a prosecco cork whilecelebrating his historic stage victory. Intermarche’s team doctor Piet Daneels said tests showed “haemorrhage inthe anterior chamber of the left eye”.

With temperatures hitting 90 degrees, the peloton largely stuck together apart from one wishful breakaway by Luca Rastelli and Filippo Tagliani which was reeled in just after halfway. Belgian Dries De Bondt embarked on a solo raid 35 miles from the finish, which ended just 1,300 meters from the line.

In the sprint, French rider Arnaud Demare, who already has two stage wins this Giro, attacked from deep. He was hunted down by Gaviria before Dainese, taking full advantage of the slipstream, came through to take the third victory of his career. Last year, he finished second in a Vuelta stage, behind Dutchman FabioJakobsen.

The peloton faces its longest day in the saddle on Thursday with a mountainous 12th stage over 127 miles which crosses the Apennines from Parma to Genoa.


1 Alberto DAINESE Team DSM 4:19:04
2 Fernando GAVIRIA UAE Team Emirates 0:00
3 Simone CONSONNI Cofidis 0:00
4 Arnaud DÉMARE Groupama – FDJ 0:00
5 Caleb EWAN Lotto Soudal 0:00
6 Mark CAVENDISH Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00
7 Edward THEUNS Trek – Segafredo 0:00
8 SachaMODOLO Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè 0:00
9 Phil BAUHAUS Bahrain – Victorious 0:00
10 Lawrence NAESEN AG2R Citroën Team 0:00


1 Juan LÓPEZ Trek – Segafredo 46:43:12
2 Richard CARAPAZ INEOS Grenadiers 0:12
3 Joao ALMEIDA UAE Team Emirates 0:12
4 Romain BARDET Team DSM 0:14
5 Jai HINDLEY BORA – hansgrohe 0:20
6 Guillaume MARTIN Cofidis 0:28
7 Mikel LANDA Bahrain – Victorious 0:29
8 Domenico POZZOVIVO Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux 0:54
9 Emanuel BUCHMANN BORA – hansgrohe 1:09
10 Pello BILBAO Bahrain – Victorious 1:22


RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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