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11 May 2017

Dillier beats Stuyven in uphill stretch

After a long breakaway, the Swiss rider is first in Terme Luigiane. Jungels retains the Maglia Rosa. 

Swiss rider Silvan Dillier of BMC Racing Team powered to his first ever victory at the Giro d’Italia as he managed to beat top Belgian sprinter Jasper Stuyven of Trek-Segafredo in the uphill finish of Terme Luigiane. The duo, along with the first Maglia Rosa of the Giro100, the Austrian Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Simone Andreetta (Bardiani CSF) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) made a successful 202km breakaway while Quick-Step Floors’ Bob Jungels (Luxembourg) retained the GC lead for the third consecutive day.

STATISTICS

  • Silvan Dillier’s previous individual victory was Stage 4 of the Arctic Race of Norway in 2015. He was also the World Champion for Team Time Trial with BMC Racing Team in 2014 and 2015.
  • This is the 55th stage victory at the Giro d’Italia for a Swiss rider but only the second one this century after Johan Tschopp won up the Passo Tonale in 2010.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1 – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

2 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 6″

3 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) at 10″

GENERAL STANDINGS

PRESS CONFERENCE

Today’s stage winner Silvan Dillier said: “It was a really hard stage, over 200km. We had tail wind for most of the stage but it doesn’t mean it was easy because we always had to push hard to stay away in little climbs. It was for sure a tough day. To sprint at the end wasn’t easy as well. On the profile, it didn’t look like as stage for the sprinters. The last 1.5km uphill wasn’t for pure sprinters, but there aren’t many Classics specialists in the peloton, that’s why I took my chance. I have a powerful sprint. I know this kind of finish suits me well. I just tried to believe in myself. Jasper [Stuyven] is a really strong rider. To beat him is a nice feeling.”

The Maglia Rosa Bob Jungels said: “The beginning of the stage was harder than I hoped, I was happy when the breakaway was gone because the start was very hectic in the city. It was tricky to keep things under control. Then the teams with ambitions on GC all tried to stay in the front. We even had a nice sprint here [among the protagonists] at the end. I want to have a good overall classification in Milan. I finished sixth last year but the field is stronger this time so I’d be happy with the top ten and I’d sign up for the podium.”

TOMORROW’S STAGE

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