May 17, 2017
Omar Fraile achieves boyhood dream with Giro stage win. Dumoulin survives the day to remain in pink
Bagno di Romagna, 17 May 2017 – Spain's Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) was the man of the day in the Bartali stage from Florence to Bagno di Romagna as he attacked from far out with his compatriot Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and then again with Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team).
Their efforts encouraged a large break to form which persisted until the finish despite attacks from the peloton to close the gap, the last by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain - Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) who attacked on the last climb, but with no major success.
The finish eventually featured four men former world champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates). Rolland and the 2016 Abu Dhabi Tour winner Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Cycling). Kangert was out to honour the late Michele Scarponi with a stage win but despite his day long efforts Fraile was driven by a boyhood dream to win a Giro stage. The Spaniard found the extra effort outsprinting Costa.
Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who took over from Nairo Quintana after an outstanding time trial performance on stage 10 retained the Maglia Rosa, his margin unchanged at 2:23 over the Columbian. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team).
Today's stage winner Omar Fraile said: “I had marked this stage for a long time. In the past few days, I was thinking of today. When we rode away with Mikel Landa, I thought it was crazy. As we got caught, I took the right rhythm. Later with [Pierre] Rolland, I knew via the radio that Rui Costa was coming across and that he’d pay for his effort. I was in the right wheel for the sprint and I was confident in my speed to win the stage.”
The Maglia Rosa Tom Dumoulin said: “The stage went like we expected. It was hard with a lot of fights on the first climb to get in the break, but we never stressed. With Laurens [ten Dam] in the front, I felt protected. The gap I have on GC gives more room to play with. My adversaries are the ones who have to make up a lot of time on me in the mountains, so the pressure is on them, not on me. I don’t know all the climbs, I know the Mortirolo and the Stelvio since I had a training camp in Livigno in 2015, but we have the climbs on video and I’m not scared.”
Video Highlights (Italian Commentary)
1 - Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) - 161km in 4h23’14”, average speed 36,697km/h
2 - Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3 - Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
1 - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 - Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 2'23"
3 - Bauke Mollema (Trek - Segafredo) at 2'38"
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
Stage 12 – Forlì - Reggio Emilia - 229km - total elevation 1,500m
The stage is mostly flat, apart from featuring two relatively uncomplicated climbs in the first part (Colla di Casaglia and Valico Appenninico, both awarding KOM points). After the feed zone at Lago di Bilancino, the route takes the A1 motorway (and passes through a series of well-lit tunnels, both up- and downwards). After leaving the motorway and clearing the intermediate sprint in Sasso Marconi, the route flattens out on wide and straight roads with series of roundabouts, and cuts across a number of densely inhabited areas (especially Modena).
Stage 11 Results and GC