Peter Sagan took his first stage victory in the Giro d’Italia after he soloed to claim the 10th stage in wet conditions on Tuesday.
Sagan got into an early seven-man breakaway that also featured time trial world champion Filippo Ganna. He then attacked Ben Swift — the only other remaining member of the breakaway — with 12 kilometers to go.
American rider Brandon McNulty crossed second, 19 seconds behind, and Almeida was third to lead the main pack, 23 seconds behind.
Victory gave Sagan his first win in over a year since claiming the fifth stage on the 2019 Tour de France where he won the green jersey.
“I’m very happy. What can I say, finally,” Sagan said in a post-race interview. “I’ve been trying since we started the season again with Strade Bianche, San Remo, the Tour de France. I was, a lot of times, on the podium or top five.
“I didn’t have a plan (for a solo attack). I’d already accepted second, third, fourth place. But after, I just let it go… Finally I won with my style. Taking victory was special.”
Joao Almeida extended his lead at the top of the general classification to 34 seconds as he finished third with a time bonus.
Earlier, the Mitchelton-Scott team withdrew after four staff members tested positive following top rider Simon Yates pulling out last week, while Jumbo-Visma, whose leader Steven Kruijswijk tested positive, said they would not start the 10th stage.
Wednesday’s 11th stage is a 182km route from Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini.