Mauro Schmid (Team Qhubeka Assos) wins stage 11 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia at Montalcino, on a day of a stunning attack by Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), and a partial, hard-to-understand collapse by Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), all on the stunning white roads of beautiful Tuscany.
The story of the stage is simply put: on the climb to Castiglion del Bosco, on the second sterrato section, Remco Evenepoel was hanging around the back of the Maglia Rosa group, and was soon yoyoing off the back, although he somehow managed to manoeuvre himself, with Almeida in close attendance, onto the wheels of Nibali and Ciccone, just behind Bernal and his teammates, where he rode the asphalt to Castelnuovo dell’Abate, and the third white road section. Just before the “25 km to go” banner, through the clouds of dust, Remco dropped back to last place in the Maglia Rosa group. A gap opened. Egan moved to the front of the group and raised the pace. Remco lost contact and lost the Giro.