Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) nabbed his second stage win of the 2019 Giro d’Italia today at the end of a very long stage 11. The 221-kilometer stroll from Carpi to Novi Ligure came down to the final meteres as Ewan beat out Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) with a very well timed sprint.
“A longer stage today suited me a bit better than yesterday with the other sprinters having sore legs,” Ewan said.
“I followed Pascal Ackermann’s wheel because I knew he’d still be good [despite his crash yesterday]. He had a good lead out so it was a good wheel to sit on. I timed it right.”
It was the second straight day at the Giro without a categorized climb, but a breakaway group of three did get away for awhile. The group was caught with 25 kilometers left to the finish. The sprinter’s teams kept the pace high over the final 10 kilometers, much to the chagrin of riders like Christian Knees (Ineos), who tried a desperate late move which was reeled in quickly.
With 400 meters to go, Ackermann was lined up for the sprint with Ewan locked onto his wheel. Ackermann launched his sprint 200 meters from the line, but Ewan blew past him on his right for the stage win. Démare rode Ewan’s slipstream and tried to pull around, but couldn’t muster the strength to contest him.
Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) finished safely in the peloton to hold onto the pink jersey another day.
Climbing starts tomorrow, as the Giro d’Italia heads into a 158-kilometer stage 12 from Cuneo to Pinerolo. The race will see conquer a first-category climb and a very tricky descent into the finishing kilometers.