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Rafal Majka conquered the Giro youth classification

Today, the Giro d’Italia peloton was met with a 177 kilometer long highly undulating course going north from Marina di San Salvo to the finish line in Pescara on the Italian east coast to a hectic and dramatic finale.

The stage profile was practically an invitation to attack and six riders, Emanuelle Sella (Androni), Maarten Tjallingii (Blanco), Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel), Dominique Rollin (FDJ), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) og Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil) welcomed the gesture by leaping off creating a solid gap to the field where Vini Fantini took control of the pace. And the high pace on the steep slopes was too much pressure for the heavy sprinters who were tailed off far from the finish line. Up front, Adam Hansen simply emptied his followers of energy and only Sella (Androni) was able to hang on to Hansen’s pace.

With 21 kilometers to go, Hansen dropped Sella to continue alone and at the same time, Danilo di Luca (Vini Fantini) launched a stinging attack from the bunch, which soon exploded. As Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) time trialed his way to the stage win, the battle of the GC had just begun behind him.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) created a gap by digging in just before a curve on a descent but in the next curve, he crashed on the slippery surface and was caught by the chasers. Several other riders crashed on the final descent but Adam Hansen made no mistake and took the stage win.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Rafal Majka did a tactically smart stage and finished with the top GC contenders in the chase group behind the stage winner and he conquered the youth classification jersey:

”Rafal did a very good stage and took no risk on the unpredictable surface. He stayed well in front and was able to follow the best on the descents, which is promising looking forward to the coming mountain stages. The lead of the youth classification is an extra bonus after today but the goal is still the overall GC. Tomorrow, we have two main objectives. Manuele (Boaro) will be going for a good result while Rafa will try to stay up there in the overall GC even though we know, he’s an expert in this discipline,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Dan Frost after the stage.

Benat Intxausti (Movistar) is the new leader of the race while Bradley Wiggins (Sky) lost a significant amount of time on the final descent.

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