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Giro d’Italia. Stage 11. Luis Leon Sanchez fights on in honor of Michele Scarponi

The 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia (156 km), in its final part passed through Filottrano, has been held in honor of Michele Scarponi. For Astana Pro Team it was a special day and it was clear, that team riders will try their best to fight for a stage win.

After start in Assisi it was Luis Leon Sanchez, who launched a very powerful attack on the first climb of the day. Sanchez was followed by the Italian Alessandro De Marchi and later by a few other riders. Finally, a small group of 5 leaders has been formatted after around 40 km of racing.

The group of Sanchez worked hard in front, but, unfortunately, the peloton never gave them too much space, holding the gap of around 3 minutes.

- We had a clear goal for today to try to win the stage. Indeed, this is a special day for our team since we passed Filottrano, the home town of Michele Scarponi. We wanted to win today and to dedicate our success to him. But, it did not work. We had too small group in the breakaway – with 5 riders it was difficult to get any serious advantage and to hold the gap. Anyway, I did my best today, fought until the end… It was a good opportunity for us, but that was not easy at all, - said Luis Leon Sanchez.

Despite all efforts of Luis Leon Sanchez and his breakaway companions, the escapers were caught inside the final 5 kilometers, close to the finish town of Osimo. The decisive attack came from the maglia rosa of the race Simon Yates, who made a powerful move at the final uphill to win his second stage in this Giro d’Italia. The last year winner Tom Dumoulin finished second (+0.02), while the Italian Davide Formolo did third (+0.05).

Unfortunately, with 4 km to go there was a crash in the middle of the peloton and Astana Pro Team leaders, Miguel Angel Lopez and Pello Bilbao were forced to brake for a few seconds. That was enough to remain behind the riders in front and to lose seconds at the finish line. Finally, Lopez finished 15th, 30 seconds behind the winner, while Bilbao was 20th, +0.36.

Despite this result, Pello Bilbao was able to hold his 8th place in the general classification, +2.54 far from the race leader, while Miguel Angel Lopez even moved up to 11th position, +3.17 behind the pink jersey.

Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia will be held tomorrow: 214 km from Osimo to Imola.

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