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Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) claimed victory in stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia today, outsprinting his two breakaway companions after they’d beaten the odds to hold off the peloton in Viareggio.
On another rainy day in the Giro, saw Cort clinch the finale ahead of Derek Gee (Israel-Premier Tech) and Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco-AlUla) after going over the big mid-stage climb of the Passo delle Radici.
With 30 kilometers to go and a lead of just two minutes, it appear as though the peloton was poised to rein in the escapees. But, the determined trio held out despite a fast-approaching chase effort during the closing 1500 meters.
Gee was the first rider to open up his sprint, while Cort dropped De Marchi as he made his way across to Gee. However, De Marchi made it back to the front, commencing a last-ditched attack of his own, before Cort opened the taps and comfortably picked off Gee in the final dash for the line.
Cort, Gee and De Marchi attacked early on in the stage, holding off a bulging chase group containing Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) and other eager sprinters.
Meanwhile, Bahrain Victorious animated the day with a daring attack on the long descent from the Passo delle Radici, looking to tee up Damiano Caruso for a surge in the general classification.
With Caruso sixth in the general classification, following the exits of Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-hansgrohe), Ineos led a pursuit on the final categorized climb as the remaining GC contenders came back together.
But the break held off the pursuers to tee up a three-way sprint, with Cort timing his move perfectly to take an easy win.
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