Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) won his second stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, prevailing in a field sprint at the end of a relatively tranquil rolling 230-kilometer stage from Avellino to Bitonto.
Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) finished in the lead group to retain the overall leader’s maglia rosa.
The break of the day
After a comfortably sleepy start, it only took about 5km for a break to get established.
The break members:
- Dario Cataldo (Quick Step), 30th at 16:22
- Hubert Dupont (Ag2r La Mondiale) 37th at 19:39
- Charles Wegelius (Omega Pharma-Lotto), 66th at 42:42
The three cranked out a gap that maxed out at 8 minutes ahead of the peloton, led by Astana and Sky. The field seemed to a while working up its motivation in the cool Tuesday, taking about 2 hours to cover the first 80km. The riders, as well as the fans, caravan and media, enjoyed clear skies and warm temperatures, a pleasant change after the previous wet, muddy and cool stages.
After the day’s only categorized climb, the Category 3 Valico dell’Imbandina at 91.9km, HTC-Columbia and Garmin-Transitions added some riders to the chase and the gap soon tumbled down to just over a minute with still 45km to go.
After a last gap surge by the break that brought the gap up to near two minutes for a spell, they were finally brought back with 18km to go.
The finish was tricky, with a sharp right-hander with just over 1km to go, and then a series of left-handers, before the final 250-meter straight.
Garmin, Sky, HTC-Columbia, Milram and Lampre battled for position but Garmin appeared to have the upper hand in the final kilometers. Farrar’s ace leadout man Julian Dean brought him into the final corner and the American took it from there, holding off Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas) for the win. Dean came in third.
Wednesday’s stage 11 from Lucera to L’Aquila could be one of the longest days, time-wise in the last decade. The 262km marathon should take seven or more hours and features three difficult climbs in the Apennines. (Related: 2010 Giro d’Italia route).
- 1. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions)
- 2. Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas)
- 3. Julian Dean
- 4. Robbie McEwen
- 1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kz), Astana
- 2. Cadel Evans (Aus), BMC, at 1:12
- 3. Vincenzo Nibali (I), Liquigas, at 1:33
- 4. Ivan Basso (I), Liquigas, at 1:51
- 5. Marco Pinotti (I), HTC-Columbia, at 2:17