Pellaud: When David beats Goliath it's always something fantastic

CANALE ITALY MAY 10 Simon Pellaud of Switzerland and Team Androni Giocattoli Sidermecon breakaway during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 3 a 190km stage from Biella to Canale girodiitalia Giro on May 10 2021 in Canale Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) riding away from the break on stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

A couple of kilometres outside L’Aquila on Monday afternoon, Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) had already assumed the usual position, a few hundred metres off the front of the Giro d’Italia peloton. There were familiar faces alongside him, too, as he climbed out of Abruzzo. Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane), Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal) and Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa): the brotherhood of the break.

The early ascent of Sella di Corno on stage 10 gave Pellaud and his companions a chance to build up a lead, but the fast run-in to Foligno meant their bid for stage victory was almost certainly doomed. The odds were stacked against them from the outset – and losing a chunk of their lead at a level crossing only lengthened them further – but still the effort was not in vain. It never is.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.