Giro d’Italia Stage 18: Battle of the Breakaway26. May 2016, , Pinerolo (ITA) — Road Team
At 240 kilometers, Stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia was the longest of the race, and as expected a breakaway made it to the line.
Stefan Küng and Daniel Oss formed part of a 24-rider breakaway who attacked early in the stage, and went on to establish a gap of more than 12 minutes.
With the peloton happy to let the breakaway stay in front, it became a battle between the breakaway riders as they approached the tough finale, including the Pramartino climb.
Küng crashed on a descent but managed to chase the breakaway down just prior to the climb, where attack after attack played out.
Eventually Matteo Trentin (Etixx Quick-Step) launched a surprise attack in the final 500 meters to overtake Gianlunca Brambilla, and Moreno Moser (Cannondale).
Quotes of the Day
“Today was incredibly frustrating. I made the breakaway and was feeling really good and had good legs. But sometimes I think I want it too badly. After I crashed I didn’t feel too bad at first and managed to catch up with the breakaway. But as we approached the climbs it started to hit me and there’s not much more to say. In didn’t go my way today.”
“Today’s stage was really, really hard. We knew it was going to be but I think we didn’t realize exactly how hard the final climb would be. It had been a high tempo in the breakaway all day, and after more than 200 kilometers, everyone is already tired. I attacked with about 45 kilometers to go to make it harder for everyone, and then after that we were going full gas. I did my best today. Three more days to go and we’ll be done, so we’ll try and race as hard as we can until we reach Torino.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“We knew that today would be a day for a breakaway and it was. We had Stefan and Daniel in there which was great, but it would have been good to have Alessandro De Marchi in there too as the final was harder than what we predicted. Stefan crashed on one of the descents when he was sitting in third wheel and his wheel slipped out, so for him it was already difficult from there. It was an uphill race and he had to chase to get back on, and change a bike.”
“When we went through Pinerolo the first time and on the climb Stefan was dropped. Daniel gained a couple more points in the intermediate sprints with two fourth places. He tried to do his best, as our plan was originally more for Stefan but that didn’t work out, so he did his best to stay up there. Darwin came home with the GC group which was good. It was a dangerous descent so it was best to play it safe for that group.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 18 Muggio to Pinerolo (240km)
Top 3: Matteo Trentin (Etixx Quick-Step), Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team), Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx Quick-Step)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 11. Daniel Oss 14. Stefan Küng, 41. Darwin Atapuma
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