PETER SAGAN EARNS FIRST RACE WIN IN 15 MONTHS

Peter Sagan soloed to victory in the 10th stage of the coronavirus-hit Giro d’Italia on Tuesday with Portugal’s Joao Almeida holding the leader’s pink jersey.

Sagan positioned himself in the early breakaway. Twelve kilometers from the finish Sagan attacked the lead group including former race leader Filippo Ganna and third place overall Pello Bilbao.

Sagan pushed his gap to 20 seconds and held off the charging chase group of GC contenders. It is Sagan’s first win at the Giro, which completed his attempt at a stage win in every Grand Tour.

Peter Sagan (SVK – Bora – Hansgrohe) – Filippo Ganna (ITA – Ineos Grenadiers)

Brandon Mcnulty finished second on the stage 19 seconds behind Sagan.

Two teams, Mitchelton and Jumbo-Visma, pulled out of the race before the stage because of positive Covid-19 tests. Jumbo-Visma’s Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk, who finished third in the 2019Tour de France, returned a positive test along with Michael Matthews, an Australian who rides for Sunweb.

Steven Kruijswijk (NED – Team Jumbo – Visma)

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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