Spanish rider Omar Fraile has enjoyed his first Grand Tour victory winning Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia after a long breakaway.
Fraile, of Team Dimension Data, was the man of the day in the Bartali stage from Florence to Bagno di Romagna as he attacked from far out with his compatriot Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team).
Fraile eventually outsprinted Rolland along with former world champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and the 2016 Abu Dhabi Tour winner Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Cycling).
“I had marked this stage for a long time,” said Fraile after the win.
“In the past few days I was thinking of today. When we rode away with Mikel Landa, I thought it was crazy. As we got caught, I took the right rhythm. Later with [Pierre] Rolland, I knew via the radio that Rui Costa was coming across and that he’d pay for his effort. I was in the right wheel for the sprint and I was confident in my speed to win the stage.”
Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb retains the Maglia Rosa, 2’23” ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team).
Stage 3 Top 3
1 – Omar Fraile (Team Dimension Data) – 161km in 4h23’14”, average speed 36,697km/h
2 – Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3 – Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team) s.t.