Giro d’Italia: Van der Poel evaporates in dash towards Girmay

Gestures say it all sometimes and for all Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) did not talk to reporters at the finish line of stage 10 of the Giro d’Italiavisually at least the Dutchman seemed to recognise that he had been beaten fair and square by Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) in the two-way sprint which decided the day.

Widely tipped as the favorite on the punchy finale with marked similarities to the Tirreno-Adriatico stage he won just a few kilometers away from Jesi back in 2021, Van der Poel and Alpecin-Fenix had lived up to pre-stage expectations as they laid down a ferocious pace on the final short but intense climb of the Monsano.

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