GIRO’16 St.10: Ciccone Conquest!
Race Report: Young Italian Giulio Ciccone gave his modest ProContinental team, Bardiani-CSF, the Giro d’Italia stage 10 victory in fine fashion with a solo win. The team put three men in the break of the day and reaped the reward. Gianluca Brambilla lost the pink jersey, but it stayed in the Etixx – Quick-Step family and is now on the shoulders of Bob Jungels.
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There’s a new name for the tifosi to idolize after today’s 219 kilometers in the ‘medium mountains’ from Campi Bisenzi to Sestola as skinny 21 year-old neo-pro Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF & Italia) pulled off an epic solo win in his first Giro. The maglia rosa changed shoulders but not teams as Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels took over from unselfish and gutsy team mate Gianluca Brambilla. Charly Gaul will be proud up there in Climbers’ Heaven.
In the midst of all the youngsters, enter 34 year-old Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini & Italy) who rode a great stage to finish fifth on the day but more importantly go back into the lead in the Mountains competition – ‘chapeau!’ But in Journo Land you always have to start with the biggest news first; and here it is – ‘Landa is out!’ Dropped on the first climb of the day, the Passo della Colina – taken by the solo Visconti (Movistar & Italy) – Landa continued to lose time on the second ascent of the day, the Pietrocolora – again taken by Visconti – where Sky’s big money Basque purchase from Astana called it a day. Two days ago, with a much better than expected chrono the Giro del Trentino winner had me thinking that he could perhaps go two spots better in the Giro than last year when he finished third overall despite riding in the service of Astana team mate Aru. But that’s ‘show biz !’
On that second climb Visconti had Niemiec (Lampre-Merida & Poland) and Boem (Bardiani-CSF & Italy) for company but over the summit and on roads which rolled endlessly Boem was the first to drop back to a big chasing group of 10 comprising: Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R-La Mondiale & France), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF & Italy), Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF & Italy), Darwin Atapuma (BMC & Columbia), Nate Brown (Cannondale & USA) Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Vini Fantini & Italy), Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin & Austria), Egor Sillin (Katusha & Russia), Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff & Russia ), Riccardo Zoidl (Trek-Segafredo & Austria).
Visconti and Niemiec eventually saw reason and waited for the express train too; meaning 13 up front with three Bardiani’s in there; and as the gap stretched to five minutes it meant the suicide break specialist – but he’s also a good climber and time triallist – Pirazzi was the virtual pink jersey.
Meanwhile, back at the peloton, it was – unsurprisingly – Etixx – Quick-Step lining it out in defense of that precious pink garment with Wisniowski stoking most anthracite into the boiler in defense of Brambilla.
Coming into the real race – that’s the last hour – the gap was under five minutes over roads which rolled relentlessly as Boem gave his all up front for Pirazzi; a pink jersey for Bardiani would be HUGE. Preidler has a rush of blood to the head at 40K to go, wins an intermediate sprint and keeps going – an inspired move or madness?
On the slopes of the Pian del Falco, the next ascent, we’ll soon know – as Astana take it up in the peloton and with the gap under four minutes the Pirazzi Fan Club have cancelled the caterers. The Plano sees the break explode as Preidler slips under the 30K banner; closest to him are Bonnafond and Atapuma with the little Colombian looking well ‘up’ for it. No sooner said than the former Colombian national champion distances Bonnafond and heads of in search of the lanky Austrian. Brambilla looks ‘easy’ enough in the peloton but it’s early days. . .
Cunego has chased up to Bonnafond and the two bridge back to Atapuma giving three in pursuit of Preidler with Etixx on the front of the bunch with Astana and Movistar lurking, waiting for signs of weakness. . .
Preidler clocks up another five kilometers, 25K to go on the ‘false flat’ in the middle of the Falco with Peter Serry doing his job well for the pink team. Preidler is now at 20K to go as the climb stiffens; behind his three chasers have been absorbed by the break survivors as Astana dump the nitrous oxide into the air intake at the head of the peloton.
Preidler is out of the saddle as Ciccone puts his head on the block for Pirazzi – at the other end it’s ‘ciao’ to former pink jersey, Tom Dumoulin (Giant & The Netherlands). Astana are serious now with riders being spat out of the back as the baby blue boys pile it on. Brambilla and Jungels resist – for the moment. . .
Cunego, Pirazzi, Atapuma and Ciconne catch Preidler. All of a sudden Brambilla looks frail as Scarponi wields the stiletto for Nibali; Jungels ‘hangs tough’ though – as do Valverde, Ulissi. . .
Cunego, Pirazzi, Ciccone close on the GPM with the former ‘Little Prince’ taking the 35 points on offer atop the Falco to regain the King of the Mountains maglia. Scarponi is shredding the field with Nibali right there – as is Kruijswijk, Ulissi, Jungels, Amador, Valverde. . .
The three escapes are on the descent with Giro debutant Ciccone the craziest, opening the gap on team mate Pirazzi and Cunego after his team mate makes a little mistake on a bend. Costa Rica’s Amador leads the main group down for Movistar; he’s the revelation for me – but Brambilla is back, that boy has grinta.
Ciccone is on the final climb to the line at Sestola as Brambilla goes to the front of the main group – looks like a Hinault-style bluff to me or ‘all for Bob?’ Ciccone looks good; Atapuma, Visconti, Brown and Cunego chase with 4.5K to go but Amador is blasting up the climb in pursuit. Amador could take pink today – that’s why Brambilla and Jungels are working so hard.
It’s splintering out there with riders all over the hill but 21 year-old Ciccone is still at the head of affairs with break survivor Rovny finding fresh legs and popping up in hot pursuit of the young Italian. Amador is SO strong today, chewing up the tarmac. Brambilla pops; he’s burned himself up for Jungels.
Ciccone is looking tired at the red kite but he should be safe – he’s a neo-pro, a HUGE result for him and the ‘green team.’ Ciccone pumps his fist, spreads his arms wide; a brilliant win – he’ll be in the WorldTour DS’s notebooks after this one.
Rovny second, Visconti has dropped back for Amador and is burying himself for the Costa Rican. Atapuma is third; Amador – but there’s Jungels, the lead group must have ridden the finale hard, not much of a gap at all – it’s Big Bob Jungels in pink. A favorite collapses, a neo-pro wins, a youngster in pink but one of the Old Guard leads the montagne.
No complaints about value for money today, then?
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Giro d’Italia Stage 10 Result:
1. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani-CSF in 5:44:32
2. Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff at 0:42
3. Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC at 1:20
4. Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale at 1:53
5. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini at 2:04
6. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 2:10
7. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 2:11
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
9. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEDGE
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
11. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff at 2:15
12. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
13. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale
14. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana
15. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx – Quick-Step
16. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale
17. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha
18. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
19. Sebastian Henao (Col) Sky at 2:20
20. Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
21. Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data
22. Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
23. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data at 2:24
24. Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo at 2:26
25. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo.
Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 10:
1. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx – Quick-Step in 40:19:52
2. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar at 0:26
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:50
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 0:52
6. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step at 1:11
7. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff at 1:44
8. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 1:46
9. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha at 2:08
10. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEDGE at 2:26
11. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2:27
12. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 2:53
13. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale at 2:55
14. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo at 3:39
15. Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF at 4:10
16. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data at 4:16
17. Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo at 4:42
18. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar
19. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale at 5:32
20. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 6:53
21. Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx – Quick-Step at 7:01
22. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 7:04
23. Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data at 7:09
24. Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale at 7:16
25. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana at 7:40.