Giro d'Italia: Yates wins again in Osimo

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) extended his overall race lead and took his second stage win at this year's Giro d'Italia with a strong solo victory in Osimo on stage 11.

Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) put in a concerted chase but could not bring back the maglia rosa and had to settle for second place, two seconds back, with Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) taking third.

Even before the Giro d'Italia had started, Yates had pinpointed the 156-kilometre stage 11 to Osimo as a potential place to take victory but he had to bide his time.

Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Fix All) would be the first to land a blow with just under five kilometres to go, while Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) slipped off the back. Yates and the other contenders remained calm in this twisting and frenetic finale. With Stybar and Wellens in sight just inside the final two kilometres, Yates took up the initiative and pulled out an immediate gap.

Dumoulin was quick to respond but he wasn't quite quick enough, and the gap proved crucial. The Dutchman closed the gap on the flatter sections, but just as it seemed that he might pull Yates back the road would head up again and Yates would nudge out his advantage. It would prove to be enough for Yates on the run to the line, who had enough time to celebrate and add two seconds on the road plus the bonus seconds to his overall lead. His advantage over Dumoulin sits at just 47 seconds with the time trial still to come.

"We decided before the stage that we wouldn't chase for the stage, because normally in a finish like that there are some faster guys who have won before me," Yates said after the stage.

"That also proved true - the guys like Tim Wellens and Lotto-Jumbo they came to the front to chase. They were obviously confident for the finish. That wasn't plan, but if it came back I would of course try.

"I'd prefer to be getting more time on Tom. He was really chasing me all the way to the finish there. He looks better than the other day on the steep finishes there. I think he's getting better as the race goes on, and that's not good news for me."

After good signs for Chris Froome on stage 10, the Team Sky rider gave away more seconds in the overall standings. He finished over 40 seconds behind his compatriot and slipped out of the top 10 once again.

How it happened

The dust had barely settled on the dramatic return to racing on Tuesday when the riders set out from Assisi on Wednesday morning. There was an emotional backdrop to the stage with the 15-kilometre route passing through Filottrano, the hometown of the late Michele Scarponi and the Astana team seemed set on showing their colours.

If there were any tired legs from the ferocious pace set on stage 10, it didn't show as a series of relentless attacks flew off the front over the opening 20 kilometres. It was breakaway specialists Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Alessandro de Marchi (BMC Racing) who finally made it stick as they went off the front through the twisting streets of the towns in the early part of the course.

They would be joined by Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF) and Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli) jumped across the gap. The Wilier Triestina management were clearly not happy that they were not represented up front and, after getting permission from Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Alex Turrin set off in chase. Mercifully for the Italian, Sanchez seemed happy to make the other escapees wait and he made it across, making it a five-man escape group.

The quintet was not allowed much room to spare, and with a multitude of general classification teams interested in keeping them in check, they were given a maximum lead of a little over four minutes. Unlike some previous stages, there was no illusion that the main break would succeed on this rolling stage as the peloton chipped away at the advantage as the kilometres ticked on.

Surprisingly, Mitchelton-Scott were given plenty of help at the front of the bunch with FDJ and Lotto Soudal among those that helped to set the pace, one that would see the stage finish close to 20 minutes ahead of the fastest predicted schedule.

Turrin and Maestri were the first to begin sliding the slippery slope towards the peloton and with 17 kilometres to go their day out front was all but done. The remaining three plugged on and still held 45 seconds over the peloton but the chase was truly on and their days were numbers. The steep climb to the line meant that there was a long line of riders interested in the stage victory, while the general classification contenders hoped to avoid losing any time.

No sooner had the catch been made with just under five kilometres remaining, Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) launched a stinging attack on the steep gradients. The Czech champion was followed by Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), the only rider who could hold onto his wheel. Meanwhile, Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) decided to save his legs for another day and was dropped off the back of the peloton.

The pair worked together for a few kilometres before Wellens launched a last ditch effort inside the final two kilometres. However, the peloton was catching them and Yates saw his chance to extend his lead and take another stage win. The race leader attacked on the steep climb to the line, but Dumoulin was looming just behind him.

Yates couldn't shake the dominating figure of the defending champion but the gradients played into his hands and he held off the closing Dumoulin. Formolo crossed the line a few kilometres later for a hard-earned third place finish.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott3:25:53
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:02
3Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:05
4Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:08
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 5 - Cell 2
7Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 6 - Cell 2
8Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors0:00:11
9Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:18
10Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:21
11Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:00:23
12George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 11 - Cell 2
13Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:26
14Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:00:30
15Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Fix All0:00:33
17Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 16 - Cell 2
18Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:36
19José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 18 - Cell 2
20Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 20 - Cell 2
22Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-ScottRow 21 - Cell 2
23Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:40
24Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 23 - Cell 2
25Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 26 - Cell 2
28Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:44
29Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:48
30Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:56
31Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:58
32Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ0:01:05
33Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 33 - Cell 2
35Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 34 - Cell 2
36Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 36 - Cell 2
38Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 38 - Cell 2
40Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 39 - Cell 2
41François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:10
43Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix All0:01:32
44Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky0:01:41
45Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 44 - Cell 2
46Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 45 - Cell 2
47Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:52
48Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:57
49Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:58
50Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:04
51Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:02:17
52Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:24
53Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 52 - Cell 2
54Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Fix AllRow 53 - Cell 2
55Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 54 - Cell 2
56Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 57 - Cell 2
59Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 58 - Cell 2
60Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 59 - Cell 2
61Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:02:45
62Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data0:02:52
63Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 62 - Cell 2
64Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:55
65Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:03:00
66Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:12
67Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:03:22
69Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 68 - Cell 2
70Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:28
71Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 70 - Cell 2
72Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:04:04
73Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team0:04:12
74Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:54
75Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 74 - Cell 2
76David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky0:05:10
77Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team SunwebRow 79 - Cell 2
81Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:01
83Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 82 - Cell 2
84Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:09:10
85Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 85 - Cell 2
87Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 86 - Cell 2
88Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 87 - Cell 2
89Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 88 - Cell 2
90Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 89 - Cell 2
91Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 92 - Cell 2
94Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 93 - Cell 2
95Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 94 - Cell 2
96Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 95 - Cell 2
97Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 96 - Cell 2
98Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 100 - Cell 2
102Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 104 - Cell 2
106Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 105 - Cell 2
107Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 107 - Cell 2
109Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 110 - Cell 2
112Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 111 - Cell 2
113Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 112 - Cell 2
114Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 113 - Cell 2
115Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 114 - Cell 2
116Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 115 - Cell 2
117Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 116 - Cell 2
118Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 119 - Cell 2
121Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix AllRow 120 - Cell 2
122Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 122 - Cell 2
124Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 126 - Cell 2
128Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 127 - Cell 2
129Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 128 - Cell 2
130Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 129 - Cell 2
131Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:09:54
132Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:12:42
133Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 132 - Cell 2
134Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 133 - Cell 2
135Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 134 - Cell 2
136Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 135 - Cell 2
137Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 136 - Cell 2
138Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 137 - Cell 2
139Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 138 - Cell 2
140Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 139 - Cell 2
141Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 140 - Cell 2
142Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 141 - Cell 2
143Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 142 - Cell 2
144Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 143 - Cell 2
145Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 144 - Cell 2
146Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 145 - Cell 2
147Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:12:50
148Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:13:29
149Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:13:34
150Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 149 - Cell 2
151William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 150 - Cell 2
152Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 151 - Cell 2
153Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 152 - Cell 2
154Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:13:45
155Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 154 - Cell 2
156Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 155 - Cell 2
157Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 156 - Cell 2
158Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 157 - Cell 2
159Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 158 - Cell 2
160Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 159 - Cell 2
161Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 160 - Cell 2
162Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 161 - Cell 2
163Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix All0:14:24
164Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:14:35
165Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-ScottRow 164 - Cell 2
166Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 165 - Cell 2
167Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:14:39
168Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 167 - Cell 2
169Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:15:16
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott25pts
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe12Row 2 - Cell 3
4Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia11Row 5 - Cell 3
7Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida6Row 7 - Cell 3
9Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team6Row 8 - Cell 3
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe5Row 9 - Cell 3
11Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ4Row 10 - Cell 3
12Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors3Row 11 - Cell 3
13Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Passo Cornello, km. 41
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec7pts
2Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 3) Valico di Pietra Rossa, km. 97
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec7pts
2Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 4) Osimo, km. 156
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott3pts
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Intermediate Sprint - Castelraimondo, km. 69
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia10pts
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Intermediate Sprint 2 - Filottrano, km. 126
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team10pts
2Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia1Row 4 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec12pts
2Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott7Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF4Row 7 - Cell 3
9Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 8 - Cell 3
10Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2Row 9 - Cell 3
11Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 10 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1AG2R La Mondiale10:19:15
2UAE Team Emirates0:00:09
4Astana Pro Team0:00:35
6Team Sky0:00:49
8Team Sunweb0:01:44
9Dimension Data0:02:02
11Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:33
12Movistar Team0:02:45
13Lotto Fix All0:02:53
14EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:58
15Quick-Step Floors0:03:59
16BMC Racing Team0:04:36
17Israel Cycling Academy0:06:38
20Bardiani CSF0:11:19
22Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:30:18
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