Dainese beats Gaviria in the sprint and signs the first Italian victory


The Spanish Juanpe López continues as leader, with 12 seconds ahead of Carapaz and Almeida.

Alberto Dainese celebrates his stage victory.
Alberto Dainese celebrates his stage victory.EFE

Alberto Dainese (DS) achieved the first Italian victory in this Giro in an exciting sprint in which he snatched victory from the Colombian Fernando Gaviria in the last meters of the eleventh stage in which the Spanish Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek) kept the lead.

A day for sprinters to which Dainese signed up, who cleverly got into the wheel of the great favorites of the “volata” to surprise Gaviria in the last meters, who already saw himself as the winner. The finish time for Reggio Emilia was 4:19:04, on a fast day that closed at 47 km/hour.

Gaviria paid for his overconfidence with second place, while third place was scored Consonni. Big names like Demre, Ewan Y Cavendish they entered next, off the stage podium.

In the general there was a slight change. Juan Pedro López kept a firm grip on the jersey pink and followed 12 seconds by the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos) and the Portuguese joao almeida (UAE Emirates). Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) remains seventh, 29 seconds behind.


The output was launched in Santarcangelo, the city converted into a permanent theater in each of its squares. As soon as the green flag of the race director is lowered, rastelli (Bardiani) and Tagliani (Drone Hopper), two Italians, embarked on a quixotic adventure, one of those sentenced in advance, but sometimes full of conviction.

The excited do pass by Cesena, birthplace of the unforgettable Marco Pantani, with more than 3 minutes of advantage. They both made their way through the valley of the engine, through Faenza, city of the Minardi; Imola, home of the F1 circuit, or Bologna, the birthplace of Ducati. Two daredevils who chose an inappropriate day for glory, since the sprinters were not going to let a prey designed for them escape.

After the halfway point of the stage, Ineos and Alpecin Fenix ​​became serious at the head of the pack, reducing the difference at a forced pace. The flight was sentenced, as confirmed 90 km from Reggio Emilia, the city where the Italian flag emerged, the tricolor. End of the adventure.

After the display of the white flag by the fugitives, the platoon rolled for a while at a friendly pace, without any aggression, but they cheered up. By Bondt with a takeoff that, in principle, did not worry anyone. But the Belgian put the knife between his teeth, willing to sell the game dearly, which forced the peloton to go to 70 per hour, crazy to get hold of the former Belgian champion on the road. At 2 of goal the fugitive was disconnected, blackout of forces.

The Groupama took command in launching the imminent arrival. The objective was Dmare’s triplet, but the peloton went wild, neither team imposed its train and the favorites appeared in the first person.

Dmare attacked from a distance, Gaviria hit the wheel and the Colombian opened up a few meters that seemed decisive, but Alberto Dainese appeared on his left in progression and stole the stage from the Colombian. The triumph of faith. It was the first victory in a major for the Italian, and the third in his professional career.

This Thursday the twelfth stage between Parma and Genoa is disputed, the longest of this edition with 204 km.

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