Omar Fraile claims thrilling stage 11 at the Giro

Omar Fraile giro 2017

Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) won the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Bagno Di Romagna, though Tom Dumoulin clung to his overall lead despite several attacks from his rivals today.

Amid a group of four breakaway riders, Fraile outsprinted former world champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) to take his first victory in a major three-week race.

Dumoulin remains 2:23 ahead of Nairo Quintana and 2:38 ahead of Bauke Mollema in the overall standings.

Fraile, who rides for Team Dimension Data, first got into an attack with Mikel Landa, then dropped back to a chase group, before attacking again on the last of four climbs across the Apennine Range.

“I had noted that this stage suited me very well,” Fraile said. “I went on the attack early and went with Landa because we knew we could gain some ground. When they came back up to us, I marked Rui Costa because he’s fast but I was even faster today.”

A series of attacks meant Dumoulin’s Team Sunweb had to work hard to stay with the other favorites.

“We expected a really hard fight today and it was,” Dumoulin said. “I can only thank my team. They did an amazing job.”

“We were not scared of Amador or the Astana riders,” Dumoulin said. “We were doing our own pace. We knew other teams would also ride behind them so we never considered giving away the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey). It was an amazing teamwork and we are really happy.”

Thursday’s Stage 12 is a lengthy 229-kilometer (142-mile) leg from Forli to Reggio Emilia featuring two minor climbs and a flat finish that should set up well for sprinters.

Giro d’Italia 2017 – stage 11 results (Firenze – Bagno di Romagna):

1Omar Fraile (Dimension Data)4:23:14
2Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)


3Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac)


4Tanel Kangert (Astana)


5Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida)


6Ben Hermans (BMC)


7Dario Cataldo (Astana)


8Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates)


9Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal)


10Laurens De Plus (Quick-Step Floors)


11Andrey Amador (Movistar)


12Hubert Dupont (AG2R)


13Ruben Plaza (Orica-Scott)


14Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ)


15Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)


16Matteo Montaguti (AG2R)


17Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


18Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)


19Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)


20Nairo Quintana (Movistar)



General classification after stage 11:

1Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)


2Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


3Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


4Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)


5Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)


6Andrey Amador (Movistar)


7Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


8Tanel Kangert (Astana)


9Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)


10Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


11Dario Cataldo (Astana)


12Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)


13Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)


14Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


15Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)


16Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)


17Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal)


18Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


19Ben Hermans (BMC)


20Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates)



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