GIRO’18 Stage 10: Magic Mohoric Masterpiece!

Race Report: The Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) won Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, out-sprinting late break companion Nico Denz (AG2R-La Mondiale) in Gualdo Tadino after 244 kilometers. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) brought in the peloton 34 seconds later for third place. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retains the Maglia Rosa of leader of the General Classification and due to Esteban Chaves losing big time, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) is now in second place at 41 seconds.

Stage win for Matej Mohoric

Race leader, Simon Yates and the Giro trophy at the start in Penne

Stage 10 – Penne-Gualdo Tadino 244km – total elevation 3,000m
This is the longest stage of the Giro. It crosses the Apennines from the south to the north, following a tortuous route dotted with short, uncomplicated ascents, including three categorized climbs. The first one (almost 20km long) features a first-ever pass over one of the sides of the Gran Sasso. In the first sector, the roads are narrow and worn out at points; in the second part, the roads are wider and have a better surface. The route eventually levels out in the final section.

Giro stage 10

Final kilometers
The final kilometers are essentially straight, on a wide road, up to the 1,500m mark. Here, the route takes some 90-degree turns that lead into the home straight, 750m before the finish (just bending slightly until the 500m mark). The finish line sits on a 7.5m-wide asphalt road.

The Giro jerseys

The early climb

Not a good day for Esteban Chaves

The chase behind the break of the day

Marco Frapporti was out front solo untill he was passed by Villella, Denz and Mohoric

The late move by Nico Denz (AG2R-La Mondiale), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) and Davide Villella (Astana)

Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) and Nico Denz (AG2R-La Mondiale) sprinted it out for the stage win

The win goes to the Slovenian

Stage winner, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida): “It’s amazing. I’m super happy for myself but, foremost, for my team Bahrain-Merida. They let me try and win a stage, although we’re racing for Domenico Pozzovivo on GC. I was not confident to beat Nico Denz. That’s why I tried to attack him before. When I saw that he was not passing, I gave it my all.”

Sam Bennett took third at 34 seconds

Overall Giro d’Italia leader, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “Chaves just had a bad moment on the first climb of the day. Straight after the rest day, you don’t know how the body responds. I’m very disappointed for him because he’s worked hard for this Giro. I was going to go for the bonus sprint because I need to gain time on Tom Dumoulin but, when I saw Thibaut Pinot getting a lead out, I went past him. I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds.”

Esteban Chaves was hit by allergies and lost a lot of time

Giro d’Italia Stage 10 Result:
1. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida in 6:04:52
2. Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R-La Mondiale
3. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:34
4. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
5. Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
6. Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8. Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
9. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
10. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
11. Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data
12. Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale
13. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
14. Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
15. Chris Froome (GB) Sky
16. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar
17. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
18. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
19. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
20. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo
21. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky
22. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
23. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb
24. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
25. Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 10:
1. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott in 43:42:38
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:41
3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:46
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:00
5. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar at 1:23
6. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 1:36
7. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 2:08
8. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana
9. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 2:28
10. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 2:30
11. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:37
12. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana
13. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Dimension Data at 2:39
14. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
15. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar at 2:49
16. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 2:57
17. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky at 3:17
18. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 3:40
19. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 4:15
20. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 4:35
21. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott at 5:12
22. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 5:52
23. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky at 5:59
24. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 10:53
25. Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 11:37.

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