- Mauro Schmid dramatically wins Stage 11 of the Italian Tour.
- It was the first professional victory for the 21-year-old Zurich player.
- In the overall ranking, leader Igan Bernal significantly expands his lead.
Mauro Schmid made a sensation in Stage 11 of the Italian Touring with his first professional victory. The 21-year-old Zurich player from Qhubeka defeated Alessandro Covey in an uphill two-man race in Montalcino after 162 kilometers, 35 kilometers of which were on gravel roads. Schmid and the Italian turned out to be the strongest drivers of a separatist group of 911s, which withdrew shortly after starting in Perugia.
For Schmid, who came off the train and was selected for the Tokyo Olympics, that was the first victory on the road. Last Thursday, another Swiss won the day at the Gero 104. 24-year-old Bernese Gino Meder won the solo in the sixth stage by finishing the mountain at the Collie San Giacomo.
Bernal broadens leadership
In the battle of total victory, leader Igan Bernal greatly strengthened his advance. The former Tour de France winner from Colombia is now 45 seconds ahead of Russia’s Alexander Vlasov. Italian Damiano Caruso is more than a minute behind in third place.
The biggest loser that day was Remco Evenepoel. The young Belgian could no longer follow the speed set by Bernal and his assistants Ineos in the penultimate gravel division 20 km from the end. Evenbuell, who dropped from second to fourth overall, lost more than two minutes to Bernal to the finish line.
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