Mellow Velo

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 Well, for a boring sprint stage, it turned out to be quite fun, didn't it? Although I doubt the five breakaway men, who had to work ever so slightly harder than expected to rack up those all important breakaway kms, will see it that way.
Simon Pellaud (Androni), Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché), Umberto Marengo (Bardiani), Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa), and Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal). They managed to pull out a maximum gap of three minutes. Four manage to hold on until the base of the final climb up the Valico della Somma with 43km to go, with Bora-Hansgrohe now repeating the tactic of stage 7 of the Tour of ramping up the pace so high on the series of small climbs.
One after another, the fast men fell out of the back of the bunch and even a gallant chase by Giacomo Nizzolo and his spare engine, Victor Campenaerts could close the gap, as ISN for Davide Cimolai, joined Bora at the front.
Then came the intermediate sprint for bonus seconds an even that was exciting. Deceuninck - Quick-Step came up for Evenepoel but Ineos Grenadiers were alive to the danger. Bernal followed his team-mate and world time trial champion, Filippo Ganna who upped the pace with Evenepoel desperately trying to close the gap. But when Ganna pulled over Evenepoel continued his effort with Bernal unable to follow. Moscon also couldn’t come round so it was left for Narváez to come through and take the three seconds with Evenepoel taking two and Bernal one.
The race went back to the sprinter teams as Bora-Hansgrohe retook control. Team DSM came up into the final two kilometres and led under the flamme rouge before their sprinter, Max Kanter, crashed. UAE's Juan Sebastián Molano opening up the lead out with Sagan quickly jumping onto his wheel into the final bend before opening up a vicious acceleration which held off Gaviria and a fast-finishing Cimolai.

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