Fausto Masnada of Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec became the first Italian stage winner of the 102nd Giro d’Italia as he bettered his last breakaway companion, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates). Conti took over from Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) in the overall lead of the race with an advantage of 1’41’’ over another Italian, Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF) who is now the best young rider. Roglic stands in tenth place on GC with a deficit of 5’24’’.
First win at the Giro d’Italia for Fausto Masnada who hadn’t previously placed among the top 20. This is his second participation in the Corsa Rosa. He’s the third “Fausto” to win a stage at the Giro after Coppi and Bertoglio who both also won the overall.
This is the 19th stage win at the Giro d’Italia for a team managed by Gianni Savio. The first was by Venezuela’s Leonardo Sierra on stage 17 in 1990, the most recent one before today by Roberto Ferrari on stage 11 in 2012.
The last Italian double in a stage of the Giro d’Italia was in stage 5 to Santa Ninfa last year with Enrico Battaglin and Giovanni Visconti.
Valerio Conti is the first Italian rider in the Maglia Rosa since Vincenzo Nibali in Torino at the end of the 2016 Giro d’Italia. He has never led a pro stage race before.
1 – Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) – 238km in 5h45’01”, average speed 41.389km/h
2 – Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) at 5″
3 – José Rojas (Movistar Team) at 38″
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Pascal Ackermann (Bora – Hansgrohe)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Giulio Ciccone (Trek – Segafredo)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani CSF)
1 – Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani CSF) at 1’41”
3 – Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) at 2’09”
The stage winner Fausto Masnada said in the press conference: “It took us one and half hours to make the break. The rhythm was crazy. Luckily I was in the right move. We cooperated well. There were several strong rouleurs in the group and I knew I had to make the difference in the climb because sprinting isn’t my forte. Valerio Conti understood that it was the right thing to do and we rode together till the finish. Today I got something I didn’t expect. It makes me enthusiastic and happy.”
The Maglia Rosa Valerio Conti said in the press conference: “I knew Roglic intended to let the Maglia Rosa go to someone else. But the whole peloton knew it too. Many of us wanted to break away. Fausto Masnada was stronger than me. For an Italian, the Maglia Rosa is the nicest thing on earth. I’ll try to hold on to it as long as I can, until my legs and heart say stop.”
Stage 7 – Vasto-L’Aquila 185km – total elevation 2,400m
With a hilly profile, this stage starts its route beside the sea, all the way to Ortona, and then follows the constant undulations of the hinterland, taking in climbs up Ripa Teatina and Chieti. The only categorised climb is Svolte di Popoli, before the plateau leading to L’Aquila. After the GPM, straight roads with a mild incline will lead all the way to L’Aquila, crossing the areas affected by the April 2009 earthquake.
With 9km to go, the riders leave the ss 17 and tackle the Via della Polveriera climb, with gradients around 5-6%, topping out at 9%. The route heads down towards the castle, twisting and winding its way through the city until the final descent (partly within the centre), which ends with a sharp right-hand turn 2km from the finish. With 1,500m to go, the road heads up again. The final kilometre has a gradient of around 7%, peaking at 11% a few hundred metres before the home straight (450m, 7% uphill gradient). The finish line sits on a 7m wide asphalt road.
Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia International TV Schedule available here.