Stage 11 Review
Riders set out on one of the longer stages today with 227 kilometers of road in front of them. Travelling from Modena along a relatively flat stage the peloton would hit the fourth category Forcella Mostaccin climb within the closing 30km of the stage.
Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling), Liam Bertazzo (Wilier Triestina-Southeast) and Anton Vorobyev (katusha) escaped the furious pace of the peloton and after 90 kilometers had been covered the leading trio had 8 minutes of road between them and the main peloton. Tom Dumoulin withdrew himself from the race at the 100km mark complaining of saddle sores which ultimately cost him 13 minutes of his lead since Tuesday.
Australian rider from IAM Cycling Leigh Howard cooled off in a road side canal through no choice of his own after a crash that involved most of the FDJ squad sent him splashing to a holt.
Steven Kruijswijk took the mountains classification points in front of favourites Valverde, Chaves and Nibali in a move which stretched the peloton over the climb. On the downhill section the bunch came back together before GC hopeful Andre Amador (Movistar) jumped with 13 kilometers to the finish. The Maglia Rosa holder Jungels followed the move but Diego Ulissi proved to be the strongest on the stage after he solo bridged the attack and won the sprint to the line.
Stage 11 Podium
1. Diego Ulissi (Ita) – Lampre-Merida – 4:56:32
2.Andrey Amador (CRc) – Movistar Team
3. Bob Jungels (Lux) – Etixx-Quick-Step
4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) – Trek-Segafredo – 0:00:13
5. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) – Bardiani CSF
6. Matteo Trentin (Ita) – Etixx-Quick-Step
7. Sacha Modolo (Ita) – Lampre-Merida
8. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) – Team LottoNl-Jumbo
9. Tim Wellens (Bel) – Lotto Soudal
10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) – Movistar Team
General Classification after Stage 11
1. Bob Jungels (Lux) – Etixx – Quick-Step – 45:16:20
2. Andrey Amador (CRc) – Movistar Team – 0:00:24
3. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) – Movistar Team – 0:01:07
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) – Team LottoNl-Jumbo
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) – Astana Pro Team – 0:01:09
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) – Tinkoff Team – 0:02:01
7. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) – Team Katusha – 0:02:25
8. Esteban Chaves (Col) – Orica-GreenEdge – 0:02:43
9. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) – Etixx – Quick-Step – 0:02:45
10. Diego Ulissi (Ita) – Lampre – Merida – 0:02:47
Mountains Classification after Stage 11
1. Damiano Cunego (Ita) – Nippo-Vini Fantini – 56 pts
2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) – Bardiani CSF – 27 pts
3. Tim Wellens (Bel) – Lotto Soudal – 25 pts
Sprint Classification after stage 11
1. Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) – Team LottoNl-Jumbo – 40 pts
2. Giacomo Berlato (Ita) – Nippo – Vini Fantini – 24 pts
3. Matteo Trentin (Ita) – Etixx – Quick-Step – 22 pts
Stage 12 – NOALE – BIBIONE, 182km
The stage course is perfectly flat and runs almost entirely along wide and straight roads. Initially, the route follows the Riviera del Brenta, then it enters the province of Treviso along trunk roads. There are roundabouts, kerbs, speed bumps and traffic dividers in urban areas, especially in Mestre, Treviso and Portogruaro. The route finally reaches Bibione, where an 8km circuit is to be covered twice.
The final 8km circuit, to be ridden twice, features 14 bends and long straight stretches, on mostly wide and well-surfaced roads. The home straight is 300m long, on a 7.5-m wide asphalt road.