Sagan sprints to Giro stage win as Bora-hansgrohe Rip Up the Race
Slovakian Peter Sagan won a mass bunch sprint on stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia at Foligno on Monday as Colombian Egan Bernal held on to the overall leader's pink jersey
Sagan's Bora-hansgrohe team dominated the final 50km of the 140km race setting a sizzling pace to drop Sagan's rivals before the finale, where the 31-year-old cruised ahead of the reduced field for the win.
Bernal's fellow countryman Fernando Gaviria was in second place with Italian Davide Cimolai in third.
After embarking from the scene of Italy's deadly 2009 earthquake at L'Aquila a nervy fast-paced race saw only the slightest of changes in the overall standings thanks to second-placed Remco Evenepoel bursting out of the peloton to contest an intermediate sprint.
But as the wary pink jersey wearer Bernal followed him over the line with surprising ease Deceuninck-Quick Step Evenepoel earned just a single second.
The 2019 Tour de France champion Bernal now leads the overall race standings by 14 seconds from the 21-year-old Belgian rookie ahead of Tuesday's rest day with all the top 10 still within 61 seconds.
The peloton's highest paid rider Peter Sagan, who reportedly earns €5.5 million a year, won a stage of the Giro on his first appearance here in 2020 and said he will target the sprint points jersey after his second win.
Sagan praised his teammates after all their hard work to shake up the stage, drop some rival sprinters and then lead out the sprint.
"For sure - today I think was a very good day for us. We tried our best and in the end I won and I'm very happy for that. I have to say thanks to all my teammates," Sagan said.
Sagan confirmed he is chasing the cyclamen-points jersey ,"When Caleb won the second stage I was very good. It was an uphill and I had very good legs, I started from a little back and I had good speed but I was closed on the barriers and luckily I didn't crash"
"Today I'm very happy to win a stage like this. It was a great effort from all the team. Day by day - we still have halfway to go and I will try my best [for the points jersey]."
"We didn't drop everyone, but thanks to my team the pressure from other teams was less," Sagan said.
"I'll take it day by day but I'll try my best. I had good legs and good speed so we'll see," said the seven-time Tour de France sprint points winner.
Tuesday is a rest day, but on Wednesday a final 35km section of white dirt roads that feature on the Strade Bianche one day classic will provide the scene for a potential shake up.
VIDEO: 2021 Giro d'Italia Stage 10 Highlights
2021 Giro d'Italia Stage 10 Top 10
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:10:56
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
3 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
4 Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
5 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
6 Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
7 Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team
8 Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
9 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
10 Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
2021 Giro d'Italia GC after Stage 10
1 Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 38:30:45
2 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:01
3 Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:14
4 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:37
5 Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:44
6 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:45
7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:46
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:52
9 Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:00:56
10 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:00