At the start of another completely flat stage, and potentially the last opportunity for the sprinters in the race, three riders were allowed to go clear early however, just like yesterday, the breakaway’s advantage was kept under control.
For most of the day, the gap hovered between the four and five-minute mark before, heading into the second half of the 221-kilometer course, the pace at the front of the peloton started to pick up.
Eventually, the trio was caught with less than 25 kilometers remaining and once again, CCC Team was well-positioned up near the front of the bunch working to keep the team’s Italian sprinter well-positioned with the bunch sprint on the horizon.
As the battle for position heated up, Mareczko was tucked neatly behind Josef Černý and Francisco Ventoso and the two riders were able to keep their teammate in contention approaching the flamme rouge.
There was a lot of movement at the front of the field on the finishing straight, which featured a strong headwind, but Mareczko was able to maintain his position as the sprint was launched before taking ninth on the line.
The General Classification interests of Amaro Antunes, who sits seventh overall, and Víctor de la Parte remained intact at the end of stage 11 with both riders finishing safely in the main bunch going into the second phase of this year’s Giro d’Italia.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“After a crash like in the final of yesterday’s stage, you never know how your body is going to react but this morning I felt okay and I was happy that I had no serious injuries. The guys once again did a great job for me, we were well-positioned all day and in the final, we were able to stick together with Josef and Fran leading me under the flamme rouge. This was realistically the last chance for the sprinters in the race so I really wanted to give it my all. Ninth is not a bad result but of course, I would have liked more. However, there are definitely a lot of positives to take away from the race so far, particularly thinking about how we have worked together as a team.”
Gabriele Missaglia, Sports Director:
“I think we can be happy with the work done by the team once again today. We are maybe missing just one extra rider to help in the final but overall, the guys did a great job to protect and position Mareczko today. I think yesterday’s crash will have had an impact on today’s result and while of course, Mareczko wanted more, a top ten finish is still nice especially after going down hard.”
“A new race begins tomorrow and we will see what it brings for us. For sure, we are currently in a good position but you never know what can happen. However, the teamwork we have seen over the last few stages gives me confidence that we can try to race for a nice result.”
Stage 11: Carpi > Novi Ligure (221km)
Top 3: 1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto – Soudal) 2. Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) 3. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe)
CCC Team Top 3: 9. Jakub Mareczko 45. Amaro Antunes 50. Kamil Gradek