Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) produced a perfect final sprint on Stage 11 to take his second win of the Giro d’Italia in Novi Ligure.
At the end of a flat 221km stage, Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) made a brave dash for the line, but Ewan was cleverly positioned on his wheel and accelerated past his German rival.
Arnaud Démare of Groupama-FDJ moved up behind Ewan to take second place, another impressive effort following his stage win on Tuesday.
For 195km out of 221km, a three-man break was up the road: Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli Sidermec), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) and Damiano Cima (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizanè). They were caught with just under 30km to go.
Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) stays in the overall race lead and will wear the Maglia Rosa on Stage 12 on Thursday as the race hits the mountains. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) remains the overall favourite, currently in second place, less than two minutes back.
Meanwhile Démare now has 194 points in the Maglia Ciclamino race, to Ackermann’s 183, with Ewan drawing closer on 159.
With precious few stage chances for the sprinters remaining, it should mean some intense racing for intermediate sprints for the rest of the race.
Thursday’s stage is 158km from Cuneo to Pinerolo, and includes the category-one climb at Montoso, so we should see a shake-up in the general classification..
See all the VelonLive infographics from Stage 11 below.