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Martin still 8th overall as Sagan prevails on stage 10

Fernando Gaviria was in second place with Italian Davide Cimolai in third.

Peter Sagan celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the tenth stage of the Giro d'Italia.
Peter Sagan celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the tenth stage of the Giro d'Italia.
Image: Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse

SLOVAKIAN PETER Sagan won a mass bunch sprint on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia at Foligno on Monday as Colombian Egan Bernal held on to the overall leader’s pink jersey, while Ireland’s Dan Martin remains eighth in the general classification.

Martin finished 58th during stage 10, leaving him 52 seconds behind Bernal, while fellow Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche was 70th on the day, meaning he is 64th overall.

Sagan’s Bora-hansgrohe team dominated the final 50km of the 140km race setting a sizzling pace to drop Sagan’s rivals before the finale, where the 31-year-old cruised ahead of the reduced field for the win.

Bernal’s fellow countryman Fernando Gaviria was in second place with Italian Davide Cimolai in third.

After embarking from the scene of Italy’s deadly 2009 earthquake at L’Aquila a nervy fast-paced race saw only the slightest of changes in the overall standings thanks to second-placed Remco Evenepoel bursting out of the peloton to contest an intermediate sprint.

But as the wary pink jersey wearer Bernal followed him over the line with surprising ease Deceuninck-Quick Step Evenepoel earned just a single second.

The 2019 Tour de France champion Bernal now leads the overall race standings by 14 seconds from the 21-year-old Belgian rookie ahead of Tuesday’s rest day with all the top 10 still within 61 seconds.

The peloton’s highest-paid rider Peter Sagan, who reportedly earns €5.5 million a year, won a stage of the Giro on his first appearance here in 2020 and said he will target the sprint points jersey after his second win.

“We didn’t drop everyone, but thanks to my team the pressure from other teams was less,” Sagan said.

“I’ll take it day by day but I’ll try my best. I had good legs and good speed so we’ll see,” said the seven-time Tour de France sprint points winner.

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Tuesday is a rest day, but on Wednesday a final 35km section of white dirt roads that feature on the Strade Bianche one day classic will provide the scene for a potential shakeup.

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© – AFP, 2021 

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