Giro d’Italia Stage 11: Hectic Finish into Asolo18. May 2016, Asolo (ITA) — Road Team
One of the longest stages of the Giro d’Italia saw the General Classification contenders come out to play on a tough final climb before the run in to the finish in Asolo.
Predicted as a good stage for the breakaway, Stage 11 saw an early nine-rider breakaway form including Manuel Quinziato. The peloton wasn’t happy with the composition and worked hard to reel them back in after 50 kilometers of racing.
Three riders successfully went away and managed to hold off the bunch until the climb with 20 kilometers to go.
A nasty crash saw much of the peloton caught up, including some of the GC contenders, causing a frantic final 30 kilometers.
Quotes of the Day
“Today we thought it would be a good day for the breakaway so we tried really hard in the opening stages of the race. Maybe I was a little bit too excited and eager to get into the breakaway and used a lot of energy trying to do so. I felt quite bad in the middle of the race but got better towards the end. On the bottom of the descent after the climb I was in a group about 50 meters behind the front group and we couldn’t close. The race goes on ahead and then it’s done.”
“I was lucky not to be caught in the crash as it happened just behind me. I didn’t even look back because it was so dangerous and afterwards it was really nervous. So we just tried to stick together as a team and I think by the end of the day we can say that we did a good job but it didn’t play out how we wanted it to.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“For the stage to go in our favour and we needed it to be with the right guy, who was Stefan. Knowing that the first 180 kilometers were completely flat we needed one of our strong guys in it, who couldn’t really work hard to establish a good gap. We were happy to have Manuel Quinziato in the first breakaway but we didn’t know how much room they would get to move.”
“The crash split up the group which made the final even more complicated. We still had three guys up there, Stefan, Joey Rosskopf and Daniel Oss. They tried their best on the climb but it didn’t go our way today.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 11 Modena to Asolo (227km)
Top 3: Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), Andrey Amador (Movistar),Bob Jungels (Etixx Quick-Step)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 36. Stefan Küng, 40. Joey Rosskopf, 56. Darwin Atapuma
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