Stage description of stage 7 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia, won by Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in a stage along Italy's beautiful "Costa dei Trabocchi". Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) tries to foil him with an early sprint, but the Australian takes his second stage win so far.
In 1862, Torino, 128.6 km into today’s stage on the Adriatic coast, added the name of the local river to its name and became Torino di Sangro, to avoid confusion with the newly adopted capital of the newborn nation state, Italy. The intermediate sprints and categorised climbs at the Giro d’Italia that started in Torino suffer something of the same Doppelganger-ish uncanny. Before the first intermediate sprint at Crecchio, Peter Sagan and Daniel Oss made a mischievous attack to pick up the 5 Maglia Ciclamino points awarded for 4th place, behind the three leaders, who had no interest at all in the Maglia Ciclamino, but wanted the Traguardi Volanti (intermediate sprint competition) and Combattivitá points. As it happened, Simon Pellaud, who had moved ahead of Vincenzo Albanese at the top of the Fuga Bianchi breakaway competition after 25 km of the stage, picked up enough of each to take the lead in both competitions, despite losing the sprint to the Umberto Marengo. If he could have left the Maglia Ciclamino points for Sagan, he probably would have done, especially if a small fee had been involved. But, unlike Torino in Piedmont and Torino in Abruzzo, the categories are melded together. There is no separating them. There is no opting out.