Giro 2021: Schmid outguns Covi in two-up sprint, Bernal cements lead

Mauro schmid - Giro 2021: Schmid outguns Covi in two-up sprint, Bernal cements leadfoto: Cor VosMauro Smid outsprints Alessandro Covi in a mesmerizing Strade Bianche à la Giro stage. Egan Bernal extends his overall lead, while Aleksandr Vlasoc moves up to second place. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 11th stage Giro d’Italia 2021

1. Mauro Schmid (swi)
2. Alessandro Covi (ita) + 0.01
3. Harm Vanhoucke (bel) + 0.26
4. Dries De Bondt (bel) + 0.41
5. Simon Guglielmi (fra) s.t.
6. Enrico Battaglin (ita) + 0.44
7. Roger Kluge (ger) + 1.23
8. Francesco Gavazzi (ita) + 1.37
9. Taco van der Hoorn (nld) + 1.43
10. Lawrence Naesen Bel) + 1.59

11. Egan Bernal (col) + 3.09
12. Emanuel Buchmann (ger) + 3.12
13. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 3.32
14. Damiano Caruso (ita) + 3.35
15. Simon Yates (gbr) s.t.
16. Tobias Foss (Nor) s.t.
18. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 3.41
19. Giulio Ciccone (ita) + 4.56
22. Marc Soler (spa) + 5.07
26. Remco Evenepoel (bel) + 5.17
27. Romain Bardet (fra) s.t.

GC after stage 11
1. Egan Bernal (col)
2. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 0.45
3. Damiano Caruso (ita) + 1.12
4. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 1.17
5. Simon Yates (gbr) + 1.22
6. Emanuel Buchmann (ger) + 1.50
7. Remco Evenepoel (bel) + 2.22
8. Giulio Ciccone (ita) + 2.24
9. Tobias Foss (nor) + 2.49
10. Daniel Felipe Martínez (col) + 3.15

11. Marc Soler (spa) + 3.19
12. Romain Bardet (fra) + 3.29

Race report
Eleven riders jump clear shortly after the start. As the peloton takes it easy, Harm Vanhoucke, Enrico Battaglin, Roger Kluge, Alexandro Covi, Francesco Gavazzi, Mauro Schmid, Dries de Bondt, Taco van der Hoorn, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Lawrence Naesen and Simon Guglielmi enter the first gravel sector with a lead of almost 15 minutes.

Evenepoel and Vlasov lose contact with the group Bernal/Ciccone on sterrato 1. They leave the dust road with a 30 seconds deficit before regaining contact on tarmac. Dan Martin and Formolo miss the move.

The leaders enter the penultimate sterrato with a 7 minutes lead, while Evenepoel can’t follow the pace in the GC group. Moscon and Bernal up the pace to leave the sterrato 1 minute ahead of the Flemish youngster.

Covi and Schmid are the remaining attackers after the last sector, while Buchmann attacks from the GC group on the last climb. Ciccone and Soler are distanced.

Vlasov jumps clear before the top with Bernal in his wheel. The pink jersey overhauls his rival and tracks Buchmann down. The two enter the descent together.

Meanhile, two youngsters battle it out for the stage win. Covi opens his sprint early before Schmid overhauls him with an impressive surge.

Bernal crosses the line in 11th position to extend his overall race lead. Vlasov sits in second at 45 seconds, Caruso in third at 1.12 minutes. Evenepoel drops to seventh place, 2.22 minutes down on the maglia rosa.

Another interesting read: route 11th stage 2021 Giro.

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