Giro d’Italia Stage 10: Race Against the Clock16. May 2017, Montefalco (ITA) — Road Team
The peloton faced their first race against the clock at the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia with a 39.8km time trial from Foligno to Montefalco which saw Ben Hermans clock the best time for BMC Racing Team in 18th place.
After a flat section of 12km, the parcours changed to rolling terrain for the final 27km, and caused a reshuffling of the General Classification with many of the overall contenders crossing the finish line in Montefalco with mixed fortunes.
Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) clocked the fastest time of 50:37 which was enough to inherit the Maglia Rosa ahead of stage 11.
Tejay van Garderen conceded some minutes to his General Classification contenders and finished the stage in 43rd position, to move to 17th overall, 7:42 behind Dumoulin.
Hermans’ solid time trial sees him retain 20th on the General Classification.
Stage 11 takes the Giro d’Italia into the heart of Florence for the start before the peloton tackles 161km and four categorized climbs.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I just tried to find my own rhythm in the first part and then I would see what my intermediate time was. I found out from Valerio Piva that I was in the top 15 there so I knew with the hard part still to come, I could take time back and I could continue my good, strong pace. I continued and my second part was stronger than my first part, so I’m pretty happy with the time I got.”
“When I came here I was missing some competition, some intensity because of all of the injuries and illness in the last two months. But now I think I am getting better and better and I hope to reach my best shape in the next two weeks. You never know, it can always go the opposite way but I hope I will get only better.”
Maximilian Sciandri, Sports Director:
“We were expecting a little bit more. But, these are time trials, not tactical, but more pacing yourself, pure power and effort. So yes, we were expecting more but I’m still optimistic. We’ll change our strategy a little bit. Maybe we move earlier on stages, we look for stage results and we put ourselves back in GC. I’m still thinking forward.”
Stage 10 Foligno > Montefalco (39.8km)
Top 3: 1. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), 2. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), 3. Bob Jungels (Quickstep-Floors)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 18. Ben Hermans, 43. Tejay van Garderen, 44. Manuel Quinziato
BMC Racing Team Flickr Gallery
See photos from the race.