Giro d'Italia, Italian double in the sprint: Dainese burns Milan in the photo finish. Thomas remains in pink
CAORLE – The third Italian stage victory at the Giro arrives, the second in the sprint. This time it is Alberto Dainese who wins in a very tight sprint on Jonathan Milan and Michael Matthews. Regional stage (it's from Abano Terme), Dainese repeats the success achieved a year ago in Reggio Emilia. A very hard, very long sprint for the 25-year-old from the DSM, carried by his partner Markl up to 400 meters, but then forced to make do. No regrets again for Milan, in fourth second place out of five sprints: once again the Friulian, now certain of the cyclamen jersey – but he has to get to Rome – started from too far back and his furious comeback was useless. The simplest stage of the Giro up to now, all in light, constant descent from Pergine Valsugana, ended in the most logical way after a day at 44 average, on the eve of the first Alpine stage, the one with arrival in Val di Zoldo.
Via a breakaway at the start, four of them set off, with fate sealed: Champion, Quarterman, Sevilla and Leysen, the last to be caught by the group with 5 km to go. Ineos pulls the group up to -3, when neutralization takes place, then it's up to the trains and Dsm is the winner. In the last days of the second week Dainese had suffered a lot from various ailments (bronchitis and an intestinal flu) and in the Bergamo stage he had finished last alone, 43 minutes from the leaders, 13' from the penultimate, with very little margin on the maximum time . Resisting earned him this sprint and his 4th career success. From Under 23 he had won a European championship, in 2019, in Alkmaar. “I saw Milan trying to come out, I thought I was second, then I saw the photo finish and, what can I say, I'm very happy. Bergamo was the most terrible day of my life, I had stomach flu for five days. Also yesterday I was very sick. But it was worth it. I knew the whole stage, even all the holes. I showed that last year's success was not by chance”. The Italian successes thus rise to three: from Milan in San Salvo and from Davide Bais in Campo Imperatore the first two. The standings obviously unchanged: Thomas in pink with 18" and 29" on Roglic. Tomorrow is a fundamental day for the Giro with four climbs (Crosetta, Pieve d'Alpago, Forcella Cibiana, Coi) before the arrival of the second category at 1518 meters of the Palafavera Refuge, in Val di Zoldo.