The completely flat 145-kilometer stage from Ravenna to Modena was a sprinter’s paradise and those teams, including CCC Team, looking to contest the win took up position in the first half of the bunch as soon as the flag dropped.
Two riders were allowed to go clear in the opening kilometers of the day but their advantage was kept under control, never extending beyond four minutes, with all eyes on the fast and furious finish to come.
The duo was eventually caught inside 30 kilometers to go with CCC Team, working for the team’s Italian sprinter, Mareczko, maintaining a strong position at the front of the peloton as the battle for position started to heat up.
With CCC Team, led by Łukasz Owsian, pulling hard at the front of the peloton, Ventoso opened up a narrow advantage and with no one reacting immediately, the two-time Giro d’Italia stage winner took the opportunity to try his luck at the front of the race.
Ultimately, the Spaniard’s daring move was pulled back going under the flamme rouge and moments later, a big crash in the bunch saw just a small group of riders go on to contest the stage with Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) taking the win.
The hard work of CCC Team had paid off with Mareczko well-positioned as his teammate was pulled back but, unfortunately, this meant that he found himself caught up in the crash. The Italian was able to get back on his bike and finish the stage but he did suffer some abrasions and contusions on his right side.
Amaro Antunes, who went into yesterday’s rest day seventh overall, three minutes five seconds behind Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates), crossed the line safely to maintain his position on the General Classification.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“We were in a super nice position going into the last few kilometers because Łukasz Owsian did a really good job at the front of the bunch for almost all of the last 15 kilometers. When we arrived in the last five kilometers, everyone was looking to move up and get a good position for the last roundabout and right corner. I moved up with Jakub in my wheel at this point and then I found myself alone in front on the left side of the road. I looked back and I saw Lotto – Soudal on the right side behind me.”
“I could see that I had a small gap so I decided to try something. I gave it my all to arrive at the last corner with a gap and I just tried to go as fast as possible to make it to the finish. I knew it would be really difficult but I tried. I gave it everything I had so I am happy with my effort and what I did.”
Stage 10: Ravenna > Modena (145km)
Top 3: 1. Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) 2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) 3. Rüdiger Selig (BORA – hansgrohe)
CCC Team Top 3: 16. Josef Černý 21. Amaro Antunes 37. Francisco Ventoso