This is Bergamo, the land of fighters, the land of those who never give up, the land of folks like Brandon McNulty! The American went for glory in quite the same fashion that the people of this town live life: by gritting their teeth, fighting back blow after blow, keeping their head up high, come what may. The American born in Ariziona defeated Ben Healy (EF Education-EasyPost) and Marco Frigo (Israel-Premier Tech) in a 3-man sprint.
Beating Healy these days is news enough, but managing to do so after losing contact a number of times is a sign of great mental strength, as well as great legs. The 17 breakaway riders were once again given the go-ahead today, for the eighth time in 15 stages, and the peloton opted for another day-off, with a small, rather uninspiring acceleration on Via della Boccola in the finale. Thus, the lead group waited until the Roncola Alta climb to unleash all their power.