Omar Fraile took his maiden victory on stage 11 of Giro d’Italia in Bagno di Romagna today.
The Dimension Data rider finished the 161km stage from Firenze in 4:23:17 as he pipped Portugal’s Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and France’s Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) to the post.
Fraile was part of the leading four-man group 1.8km from the finish. The quartet, which also consisted of Costa, Rolland and Tanel Kangert, had a nine second gap over the chasing bunch.
At the 450m mark, Kangert led out the sprint but with 150m remaining, Fraile attacked and held the lead to take the win.
“I’d noticed that this stage suited me very well. I went on the attack early and went with Mikel Landa because we knew we could gain some ground,” said Fraile.
“When they came back up to us, I marked Costa because he’s fast, but I was even faster today.”
The Spaniard said he had dreamt about winning a stage for a long time and was glad it finally happened.
“The whole team was amazing today. We never got stressed out and we’ll do the same day after day to try to keep the pink jersey,” said Dumoulin.
Top ten results
|1.||Omar Fraile - Dimension Data||4:23:17|
|2.||Rui Costa - UAE Team Emirates||"|
|3.||Pierre Rolland - Cannondale-Drapac||"|
|4.||Tanel Kangert - Astana Pro Team||"|
|5.||Giovanni Visconti - Bahrain-Merida||"|
|6.||Ben Hermans - BMC Racing Team||"|
|7.||Dario Cataldo - Astana Pro Team||"|
|8.||Simone Petilli - UAE Team Emirates||"|
|9.||Maxime Monfort - Lotto Soudal||+3"|
|10.||Laurens de Plus - Quick-Step Floors||"|
|1.||Tom Dumoulin - Team Sunweb||47:22:07|
|2.||Nairo Quintana - Movistar Team||+2'23"|
|3.||Bauke Mollema - Trek-Segafredo||+2'38"|
|4.||Thibaut Pinot - FDJ||+2'40"|
|5.||Vincenzo Nibali - Bahrain-Merida||+2'47"|
|6.||Andrey Amador - Movistar Team||+3'05"|
|7.||Bob Jungels - Quick-Step Floors||+3'56"|
|8.||Tanel Kangert - Astana Pro Team||+3'59"|
|9.||Domenico Pozzovivo - AG2R La Mondiale||+4'05"|
|10.||Ilnur Zakarin - Katusha-Alpecin||+4'17"|
Full Stage 11 results