Mellow Velo

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 The opening 60km of the race were a relentless battle to form a breakaway, as a countless number of attacks were fired from the bunch. Eventually a 22-rider break formed, including Damiano Caruso, Gino Mäder, and Matej Mohorič from Bahrain, along with Daniel Martínez from Ineos Grenadiers. However, it stalled somewhat when Matej Mohorič lost control during a high-speed left-hand turn and went down hard, being sent over the handlebars and landing on his head. It was awful to watch. Mohorič abandoned the race and was stretchered away to an ambulance.
 Shortly after the descent the breakaway group were reeled back in and caught by UAE. A new 17-rider breakaway formed, which was able to maintain an advantage of three minutes over the bunch. Onto the penultimate categorised climb of the day, Ovindoli, and the break began to collapse on the gradients as Ulissi attacked. With 28km to the finish just seven riders remained out front, including Bouwman, Carr and Bouchard. It was Simon Carr who next launched his move and was followed by Bouchard. Carr eventually had to drop back to re-join the rest of the break while Bouchard pressed on alone. Jumbo-Visma’s Koen Bouwman then closed down the Frenchman, but the GC group were surging behind, as Ineos pushed hard with Maglia Rosa, Valter finally losing contact.
 Bernal launched a huge attack with only Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) able to follow. He ripped past Bouwman and Bouchard and into the lead on the stage, going onto victory. Behind, the rest of the GC hopefuls were left to pick up the pieces.

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