Stefano Aldani made two victories in the home stage when he reached the 12th stage victory. Giro d’Italia in Genoa on Thursday.
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Aldani was too fast for compatriot Lorenzo Rota and Guys Leemraise in the last 100 meters after a long break in the longest stage of the race more than 204 km from Parma.
For Aldani, it was his first professional victory that day when he joined a group that broke away to help his team’s leader in Alpesina, Mathieu van der Poel.
“When I realized I had won the stage at Jira, there was a wave of emotion that I couldn’t contain,” the 24-year-old said. “I wanted it that way.”
The race was held at breakneck speed: 53 km were covered in the first hour, the winner crossed the finish line 30 minutes earlier, even for the fastest forecast.
Juan Pedro Lopez led the pink jersey for the ninth day thanks to the Spaniard’s victory while fleeing Etna in stage 4.
“Fortunately, the weather is my favorite, like in my house in the south of Spain,” Lopez said after a stormy day in the saddle. “Nine days at Maglia Rosa is a lot! But I wouldn’t mind yet. “
It was an amazing day for Wilk Kelderman as well, when the Dutchman returned to the overall standings, getting eight minutes as part of the escape to make up for the accident at Blockhouse last Sunday.
Caleb Yuen left Jira with empty hands on Thursday when he became the 14th rider to drop out. Yuen failed on the first day and failed to add up to five milestones here in previous editions.
On Thursday, the Giro recalled Wauter Weylandt when he crossed the Apennine Mountains after he died during a race on the descent from the Pas del Del Boca in 2011.