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Gallery: The Sagan show on Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson
18 May 2021

Bora-Hansgrohe and Peter Sagan execute a masterplan for victory as the Giro reaches the first rest day

Bora-Hansgrohe played a master stroke on Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia. Or maybe we should call them the A-Team because they absolutely love it when a plan comes together.

The day before the first rest day, Stage 10 from L'Aquila to Foligno was only 139km long and had a flat final 30km which suggested it could be a day for the peloton's fastest men. However, Peter Sagan and Co had other ideas.

Hitting the Valico della Somma, a 6.8km climb at 5% with 45km left to race, Sagan demanded an infernal pace from his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates with the sole purpose of shelling his sprinting rivals. Among the victims were Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-Assos), Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) and Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma).

By the technical finale into Foligno, the only competition Sagan had to deal with was Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Elia Viviani (Cofidis). He did so with ease.

And now as the peloton rests for the day with Sagan in his natural habitat, leading a Grand Tour points classification. 

Below, Chris Auld's select of images from Stage 10: