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Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF) emerged from a small breakaway group of 5 riders to claim stage 10 of this year’s Giro d’Italia today, after successfully holding off his closest rivals, Matteo Busato (Southeast Pro Cycling) and Alessandro Malamute (Nippo – Vini Fantini) in a sprint finish in Forli.
Meanwhile, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) succeeded in maintaining his grip on the overall race lead, after finishing safely in the peloton, for what turned out to be a relatively uneventful day for the maglia rosa wearer.
A breakaway group containing Boem, Alan Marangoni, Busato, Malaguti, and Oscar Gatto (Androni-Sidermec), got underway early on in today’s stage.
Gatto was the first escapee to give up the ghost, as the Italian rider sat up with a mechanical problem during the remaining 10 kilometers, and rejoined the peloton.
Meanwhile, the breakaway group continued to hold onto a 1:30 gap over the chase.
During the final run-in to Forli, Ritchie Porte (Sky) was the next rider to be plagued with a mechanical problem. This time it was puncture, that consequently saw the Sky rider get distanced by the field.
Back up front, the breakaway group was still clinging to a one minute lead. However, as the race entered into the final 2 kilometers, their advantage had been cut to just a minute.
From there, Marangoni decided to attack his breakaway companions just before final kilometer.
And, at one point, the Cannondale-Garmin rider appeared to be poised for victory.
However, during the final approach to the finish, Marangoni could no longer hold off his aggressors, as he was caught and passed by the trio during the final few hundred meters.
Stage 10 Results
ITA 1 BOEM, Nicola (BARDIANI CSF) 4:26:16
ITA 2 BUSATO, Matteo (SOUTHEAST)
ITA 3 MALAGUTI, Alessandro (NIPPO – VINI FANTINI) + 2
ITA 4 MARANGONI, Alan (CANNONDALE – GARMIN) + 4
ITA 5 NIZZOLO, Giacomo (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 18
ITA 6 MODOLO, Sacha (LAMPRE – MERIDA)
GER 7 GREIPEL, André (LOTTO SOUDAL)
SLO 8 MEZGEC, Luka (GIANT – ALPECIN)
ITA 9 RUFFONI, Nicola (BARDIANI CSF)
ITA 10 APPOLLONIO, Davide (ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI)
General Classification after Stage 10
ESP 1 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF – SAXO) 42:58:09
ITA 2 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 3
ESP 3 LANDA MEANA, Mikel (ASTANA) + 46
AUS 4 PORTE, Richie (SKY) + 1:09
ITA 5 CATALDO, Dario (ASTANA) + 1:16
CZE 6 KREUZIGER, Roman (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 1:46
COL 7 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (ETIXX – QUICK STEP) + 2:10
ITA 8 VISCONTI, Giovanni (MOVISTAR) + 2:12
ITA 9 CARUSO, Damiano (BMC RACING) + 2:20
CRC 10 AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, Andrey (MOVISTAR) + 2:24
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