Dennis Finishes Safely in Explosive Giro d’Italia Stage 1015. May 2018, Gualdo Tadino (ITA) — Road Team
Rohan Dennis crossed the line safely on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia after a hectic day of racing on the longest stage of the race.
What was billed as a transition stage and good day for the breakaway turned into an explosive and action-packed day of racing when the General Classification battle ignited in the first 20km of the 244km stage.
After letting a 17-rider breakaway go on the approach to the first climb, the category 2, 15.7km climb to Fonte Della Creta, the peloton initially allowed the group to go two minutes’ clear before the race exploded when Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-SCOTT), who was sitting in second overall before the stage, was dropped.
Multiple teams immediately went to the front of the bunch to start pulling and prevent Chaves from regaining contact, which meant the breakaway was short-lived when the high pace in the peloton quickly swept up the remaining riders.
Dennis was joined by Nicolas Roche, Kilian Frankiny, Alessandro De Marchi, and Francisco Ventoso in the reduced bunch and with 100km remaining, Chaves’ group was 2’30” behind.
Despite help from Quickstep-Floors to try and bring the groups back together, Mitchelton-SCOTT eventually gave up the chase which saw the gap quickly extend to eight minutes with 70km to go.
Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec) was the next rider to try his luck with a solo attack and with 40km to go, he was 2’30” in front of the Maglia Rosa group, featuring Dennis and his teammates.
More attacks came with 30km to go, with De Marchi immediately reacting before going on to chase down the leading trio alongside Sergio Henao (Team Sky).
De Marchi and Henao came within 20 seconds of the leading trio with 15km remaining but were ultimately caught by the peloton with 4km to go, while up ahead Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team) and Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale) were eventually left to fight for the stage win.
It was Mohoric who had the faster sprint to claim the stage win and behind, Dennis crossed the line in the main bunch, 34 seconds later. With Chaves losing significant time on the stage, Dennis gained one place on the General Classification and now sits in seventh place overall.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“Today wasn’t what we expecting. There was a lot of climbing there as well, more than the last stage we did and that was a mountain stage. So, that was a bit of a surprise. I’m not disappointed about today, it was a good day for me, but at the same time it was a lot harder than we expected. I felt pretty good. I was a bit worried because a didn’t do too much yesterday and there is always that little unknown if you are going to be switched off a bit. So, I’m glad I wasn’t.”
Stage 10 Penne > Gualdo Tadino (244km)
Top 3: 1. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team), 2. Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale), 3. Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 27. Nicolas Roche, 32. Rohan Dennis, 46. Kilian Frankiny