Stage 10 Marred by Spare Wheel Controversy 

May 20, 2015
Stage 10 Marred by Spare Wheel Controversy

Giro d'Italia Stage 10

Civitanova Marche to Forlì

200km (1 KOM, 2 Sprints)

1st – Nicola Boem, Bardiani CSF – 4:26:16

2nd – Matteo Busato, Southeast Pro Cycling

3rd – Alessandro Malaguti, Nippo - Vini Fantini

Pink Jersey – Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo

King of the Mountains – Simon Geschke, Giant-Alpecin

Sprint – Nicola Boem, Bardiani CSF

Best Young Rider – Fabio Aru, Astana

Team Competition – Astana

The relatively flat silhouette and technical finish of Stage 10 should have been a sprinter’s dream and a safe bet for any GC contender. Should have been... An unlikely Italian quartet insured the sprinter’s teams missed out and a late mechanical resulted in Riche Porte (Team Sky) losing invaluable time to his key GC rivals.

An early break of Boem (Bardiani CSF), Gatto (Androni-Giocattoli), Malaguti (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Marangoni (Cannondale-Garmin) and Busato (Southeast), held through to Forlì; a feat the few would have expected with the sprinter’s teams hungry for success after Monday’s rest-day.

With 195km covered and the finish line in reach the break held just over a minute.

It was Marangoni who made the first move, launching with 1.6km to the finish line. He created a gap that appeared to be worthy. Although it was just not enough, the tri of Boem, Malaguti and Busato reeled Marangoni back in with 200-metres to go.

Boem took line honours over Matteo Busato, Alessandro Malaguti, and Alan Marangoni respectively. The Peloton charged in only 15-seconds after the Italian quartet. Boem’s heroic start-to-finish victory was one of two significant stories from stage 10. Richie Porte (Team Sky) was not only struck down with a woefully timed mechanical, but was also handed a two-minute penalty on top of the 47-seconds conceded to the Maglia Rosa.

Porte was penalised under:

Art. 12.1.040 / 8.2: Non-regulation assistance to a rider of another team, stage races

In a unique situation fellow Aussie Simon Clarke came to Porte’s aid when the Tasmanian punctured in the closing stretches, giving Porte his own front wheel. A gesture of comradery between the two riders, as Simon described “he’s just another Aussie, mate”. During post stage interviews Simon emphasised the gesture was not some sort of colluding between the two teams, rather he was “just trying to help out a friend”. Unfortunately the jury of commissaires has decided to proceed with the penalty.

Alberto Contador holds the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) with a relatively uneventful stage.

Thanks to Graham Watson for his image.

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