Giro d'Italia (st. 10)
Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team intact in Salsomaggiore Terme after calmest Giro stage to date; nasty crash in final kilometer not affecting any Blue riders
While tension inherent to a cycle race doesn’t really allow talking about a ‘placid’ day, Movistar Team got the closest to that during the 172km stage ten of the Giro d’Italia, the first after rest day two on Monday, from Modena to Salsomaggiore Terme. Through the plains of Emilia-Romagna, crossing the city of Parma, hometown of Adriano Malori, the bunch played with the two only escapees allowed to go away -Fedi (NRI) and Bandiera (AND)-, caught before the only climb of the day -Bagni di Tabiano- after ammassing a four-minute gap coming into the final 25k.
Protected by the already usual figures of Ventoso, Amador or Malori at the front, Nairo Quintana got into perfect position to avoid any splits into a really fast descent and reached the final kilometer, with several 90º turns and a roundabout, nicely placed. The only scared showed up with 650m to go, with a pile-up in the middle of the peloton which the Colombian avoided without any problems, far from nervousness for sprinters like Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ), who claimed his third stage win, and safely through with the rest of the Blues before Thursday’s TT. Before that, a day difficult to predict in one of the longest rider of this year’s Giro: 249km from Collecchio to Savona, including the Naso di Gatto (Cat-2).