Eritrean Biniam Girmay finally wins a Giro d'Italia Stage Sprint
Biniam Girmay had shown several times he has the legs to win a stage sprint and today he delivered in Jesi, in another brilliant win for Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
There was an big battle for the breakaway early in the stage, three riders got away; Alessandro De Marchi (Israel - Premier Tech), Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli) and Lawrence Naesen (AG2R Citroën Team).
The dead-pan flat route and headwind made it easy for Alpecin-Fenix and Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux to control the breakaway which a one point had 5 minutes lead. It didn't prove too hard for Alpecin-Fenix and Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux to reel the breakaway back, De Marchi the final escapee caught with 20 kilometers to go.
Throughout the second half of the stage there were some small attacks, but none proved dangerous until the peloton got to the final hilltop in Monsano.
Alpecin-Fenix and INEOS Grenadiers pushed up the pace shedding riders from the peloton with an explosive effort. Alessandro Covi attacked near the summit, but Intermarché had several riders in the small group that went over the top and controlled the inevitable attacks.
Van der Poel himself took several turns, and attacked himself in the run-up to the finale which proved chaotic in order to prevent a group from sneaking away. In the end the peloton calmed down, and a reduced peloton went towards the finish for a slight uphill finale.
Domenico Pozzovivo ledout Biniam Girmay who launched his sprint early, Mathieu van der Poel followed the Eritrean and tried to go around him in the final meters but the effort proved too much and Girmay took a dominant debut win in a Grand Tour.
Behind, Vincenzo Albanese sprinted to third, whilst the general classification contenders arrived together so no real change there.
Stage 11 is a pan-flat stage, with the longest route of the Giro from Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia at 201 km, another bunch sprint is likely.
VIDEO: 2022 Giro d'Italia Stage 10 Highlights
2022 Giro d'Italia Stage 10 Top 10
01 ERI Biniam Girmay Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 04:32:07
02 NED Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin-Fenix + 00
03 ITA Vincenzo Albanese EOLO-Kometa Cycling Team + 00
04 NED Wilco Kelderman BORA-hansgrohe + 00
05 ECU Richard Carapaz INEOS Grenadiers + 00
06 NED Koen Bouwman Jumbo-Visma + 00
07 FRA Romain Bardet Team DSM + 00
08 ESP Pello Bilbao Bahrain Victorious + 00
09 POR Joao Almeida UAE Team Emirates + 00
10 SUI Mauro Schmid Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team + 00
2022 Giro d'Italia GC after stage 10
01 ESP Juan Pedro Lopez Trek-Segafredo 42:24:08
02 POR Joao Almeida UAE Team Emirates + 12
03 FRA Romain Bardet Team DSM + 14
04 ECU Richard Carapaz INEOS Grenadiers + 15
05 AUS Jai Hindley BORA-hansgrohe + 20
06 FRA Guillaume Martin Cofidis + 28
07 ESP Mikel Landa Bahrain Victorious + 29
08 ITA Domenico Pozzovivo Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert + 54
09 GER Emanuel Buchmann BORA-hansgrohe + 01:09
10 ESP Pello Bilbao Bahrain Victorious + 01:22