Milan completes hat-trick with victory on stage 13 – Giro d’Italia

Friday’s pan-flat Stage 13 had a sting in the tail as crosswinds, crashes and multiple attacks in the latter moments caused plenty of nervous energy in the bunch. From that carnage emerged Jonathan Milan to take victory in Cento, his third of this year’s race. From Saturday the race really ramps up, with an individual time trial and then Sunday’s brutal climb up to Livigno.

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Julian Alaphilippe produces breakaway masterclass to win stage 12 – Giro d’Italia

On a breakneck day in the Giro d’Italia, Julian Alaphilippe proved that form may be fleeting but panache is permanent with a ride for the ages. The Frenchman put his recent troubles behind him to complete his grand slam of Grand Tour stage wins with a vintage solo attack after riding 125km off the front in a duo. No change in the fight for pink as Tadej Pogacar came home safely.

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Milan powers to sprint victory on stage 11 – Giro d’Italia

Home favourite Jonathan Milan saw off Tim Merlier in the final sprint to claim his second stage win of the Giro d’Italia on stage 11, while Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar retained his overall lead. The 207km ride from Foiano di Val Fortore to Francavilla al Mare included a category three climb before a flat second half, allowing the sprinters to come the fore as Lidl-Trek’s Milan followed his stage four win by powering to victory.

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Valentin Paret-Peintre climbs to victory on stage 10 – Giro d’Italia

Tadej Pogacar cruised home in a group of GC favourites to keep firm control of the maglia rosa on Stage 10 at the Giro d’Italia as Valentin Paret-Peintre stylishly conquered the Bocca della Selva summit finish from the breakaway. Paret-Peintre got the better of compatriot Romain Bardet before blasting past Jan Tratnik on his way to a first professional win of his career.

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Olav Kooij edges out sprint rivals on stage 9 – Giro d’Italia

‘Breakaway or sprint?’ was the question on everyone’s lips prior to Stage 9 at the Giro d’Italia. It turned out to be both. Olav Kooij appeared out of nowhere to win the bunch sprint after a thrilling finish saw escapee Jhonatan Narvaez caught just metres from the line. The peloton will enjoy their first rest day on Monday ahead of the action resuming in Pompei on Tuesday.

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