Cavagna: A frustrating end to a final Giro d’Italia breakaway opportunity

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Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) grits his teeth and pushes on during the18th stage of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wasn’t letting this last opportunity to fly out of pack in a hunt for stage victory at this year’s Giro d’Italia go lightly, leaning into his time-trial abilities and launching well out from the finish to try and take his breakaway companions by surprise. For a while it really looked like it could work.

There were 23 riders out the front in the break on stage 18 – the longest stage of the race – with a gap to the peloton of around 15 minutes, which meant that no matter what games they played the victory was bound to come from within their ranks. What’s more, with the battle for the overall set to dominate the final stages, the chances were running out.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.