Gallery: Dust and drama on the Giro’s ‘Strade Bianche’ stage

by Matt de Neef

Stage 11 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia was always going to be something special. With 35 km of gravel roads spread over four sectors, all of it in the final 70 km of the stage, there was always bound to be some action. And indeed there was.

The day ultimately went to the breakaway, with Swiss neo-pro Mauro Schmid (Qhubeka-Assos) taking his first professional win in a two-up sprint, but the real drama was happening behind. Ineos-Grenadiers tore the race apart on the first gravel sector, paving the way for Egan Bernal to extend his lead in the maglia rosa. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was the worst-off of the GC contenders, losing a couple minutes after struggling on the “sterrato”. But he wasn’t the only one.

Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) lost time, so too did his teammate Vincenzo Nibali, and likewise Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation). Indeed there were plenty of winners and losers on an action-packed day in Tuscany.

As we wait for the next chapter in this intriguing Giro’s GC story to begin, let’s take a look back at the photos from a memorable stage 11. The Grubers – Ashley and Jered – were there, so too Kristof Ramon and Cor Vos.

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