A shorter stage, a lively route with a tricky finish, this is a fun stage to ride and watch.
Stage 10 review: a disaster for Esteban Chaves, a catastrophe for Simon Yates. The stage started uphill and within moments Esteban Chaves was sliding down the overall classification. Caught the wrong side of a split he was in a sizeable group that tried to give chase but the gap went out to two minutes as several teams worked as hard as they could to eliminate the Colombian as a threat to the overall classification and he and the team mates dispatched to help him surrendered and would finish 25 minutes down. On RAI yesterday Mario Cipollini, the Italian Scallion, said it was good for Simon Yates but even for glass-half-full types it has to be seen as a downer for Simon Yates too because he’s now the sole Mitchelton-Scott rider to worry about, should Chaves so much as stand on the pedals nobody will mind, nor even if he goes berserk and gains 10 minutes on a mountain stage. The Aussie team has gone from holding two aces to one and a joker which is still luxurious but not what they wanted. What caused Chaves to crack? Nothing’s coming out of the team for now.
Matej Mohorič was in the early move but with the GC teams toiling to punish Chaves he and the early move were reeled in. Only for him to go again later and win the stage. He and Ag2r La Mondiale’s Nico Denz, a German rider who came up via their development team, came to the finish and the Slovenian had the better finish in a close sprint. It’s a great win for him, already a stage winner in the Vuelta last year and he’s only 23 and last year he racked up more days of racing than anyone else but hasn’t turned stale.
The Route: 156km, a short dash across Umbria and into the Marche region on roads familiar from Tirreno-Adriatico including several unmarked climbs where the road simply takes the direct route over the rolling hills via some suprisingly steep ramps and some risky descents, nothing too technical just a lottery at times with the road surface. They ride into Filottrano including climbing the same road into town that Michele Scarponi rode down to his death before going to Osimo, a town they rode through in Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this year.
The Finish: a spicy finish that twists and turns around the ramparts of the town including some cobbles, not really rough but polished smooth.
The Contenders: Matej Mohorič won yesterday, selfishly spoiling the picks for today. Ben Hermans is a strong rider and this terrain suits him, the Israel Academy team will count on him to show today. If this was March the hard finish would suit Zdeněk Štybar and he needs a result at the moment while fellow Quick Stepper Max Schachmann could do well, is he still floating on the pedals? Ag2r La Mondiale are still searching for a World Tour win and Mikaël Cherel is riding aggressively but has a low win rate. Given the route harks back to March maybe Tim Wellens (Lotto-FixAll) will be active. Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) should be a pick for today but hasn’t looked to sharp while Enrico Battaglin (Lotto-Jumbo) is spriniting well in these finishes. Lastly Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) has to win a Giro stage sometime. Otherwise it’s hard to pick names out of the hat, make your own pick remembering the finish suits a punchy, explosive rider.
|Zdeněk Štybar, Tim Wellens, Ben Hermans
|Conti, Schachmanm, Battaglin, Cherel, Brambilla
Weather: cloudy with showers and the chance of thundery downpours, with a top temperature of 19°C.
TV: Host broadcaster RAI offers the best coverage, Eurosport has the rights for many countries across Europe and Australia and it’s streamed via Fubo in the US and Dazn in Japan. The finish is forecast for 5.15pm.