Giro d’Italia: Schmid lights up Napoli stage

Giro d’Italia: Schmid lights up Napoli stage

Mauro Schmid ventured in the breakaway that forged clear just a couple of kilometers into Saturday’s stage, a 153km trek around Napoli comprising five ascents of the Monte di Procida climb (1.8km, 6.8%), which back in 1977 hosted the prologue won by Freddy Maertens.

For about 50 kilometers, the gap between the 15-man group featuring Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Swiss had a rather narrow gap, but as soon as they entered the circuit, they found the proper terrain to expand that advantage north of four minutes, at which point it became clear the day would belong to them. Mauro was one of the most active in the group, which began splitting on the small but nagging climbs crammed in the final 70 kilometers.

A stage winner at Il Giro last year, Schmid tried to get away 40 kilometers from the finish, and despite the others reacting to this move, he continued to insist, bursting away from the group and taking just a handful of riders with him. Things calmed down briefly, before others began showing their intentions and eventually zipping away on one of the numerous climbs surrounding Napoli.

Mauro tried to organise the chase and left everything as he single-handedly reduced the 40-second gap to the leading quartet to just 15 seconds, but a lack of collaboration helped the four up the road edge out their margin again and fight for victory, which went to Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), after a sprint in the closing 200 meters. Our riders finished just 15 seconds down, in sixth place, while the peloton arrived more than three minutes in arrears, and with it, also Mauri Vansevenant, who is sixth overall going into Sunday’s tough Blockhaus stage.

“I’m disappointed, because when you are in a break which goes all the way to the finish, you hope to win. I knew it was a day where a move could make it, but I was also aware it would be difficult because the group was quite large. I gave the best I could, and now I hope to recover, get over Sunday’s tough stage, and then enjoy the rest day. After that, there will be some more opportunities for me, hopefully”, an upbeat Mauro said at the finish in Napoli.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
3:32:53
2 Davide Gabburo
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
0:00
3 Jorge Arcas Peña
Movistar Team
0:00
4 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:04
5 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:15
6 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:15
7 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
0:15
8 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:33
9 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:33
10 Fabio Felline
Astana Qazaqstan Team
2:56
42 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:33
81 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:33
164 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:07
165 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:07
166 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:07
167 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:07
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
32:15:31
2 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
0:38
3 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:58
4 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
1:06
5 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
1:42
6 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:47
7 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
1:55
8 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
1:58
9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
2:00
10 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
2:04
80 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
41:09
94 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
52:30
153 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:26:18
165 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:43:04
166 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:43:21
167 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:44:02
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
147 pt
2 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
120 pt
3 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
78 pt
4 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
72 pt
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
54 pt
6 Giacomo Nizzolo
Israel - Premier Tech
54 pt
7 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
51 pt
8 Filippo Tagliani
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
45 pt
9 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
43 pt
10 Davide Gabburo
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
38 pt
24 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20 pt
27 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18 pt
51 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
64 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
1 Koen Bouwman
Jumbo-Visma
68 pt
2 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
43 pt
3 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
27 pt
4 Davide Formolo
UAE Team Emirates
25 pt
5 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
20 pt
6 Mirco Maestri
EOLO-Kometa
18 pt
7 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
8 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
12 pt
9 Tom Dumoulin
Jumbo-Visma
11 pt
10 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
9 pt
12 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
32:15:31
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:47
3 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
1:58
4 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
2:15
5 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
2:18
6 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
3:05
7 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
3:14
8 Tobias Foss
Jumbo-Visma
4:14
9 Gijs Leemreize
Jumbo-Visma
5:19
10 Felix Gall
AG2R Citroën Team
6:48
28 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
52:30
1 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 96:49:05
2 Trek - Segafredo 0:51
3 BORA - hansgrohe 1:01
4 Bahrain - Victorious 1:04
5 Jumbo-Visma 2:01
6 INEOS Grenadiers 4:22
7 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 4:27
8 Movistar Team 7:05
9 Cofidis 9:27
10 Astana Qazaqstan Team 10:07

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