Italy’s wait for Giro d’Italia stage win continues as Formolo goes close

PDavide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates)
Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Nothing to be done. Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) did what he could on stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, attacking repeatedly from the breakaway on the rugged run through Basilicata, but the last four men standing had almost punched themselves out by the time they reached the final haul towards Potenza.

In the final reckoning, the balance was tipped in stage winner Koen Bouwman’s favour by two factors. His rapid finishing speed made him the favourite in the event of a sprint and the presence of Jumbo-Visma teammate Tom Dumoulin in the winning move helped to ensure that scenario materialised. Formolo had to settle for third on the stage behind Bouwman and another Dutchman, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

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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.