MODENA – Ewan won the eleventh stage, Conti retained the pink jersey and Viviani decided to retire early from the Giro d'Italia after a series of disappointments. The Australian Caleb Ewan won the 11th stage of the 102 / o Giro d'Italia of cycling, from Carpi (Modena) to Novi Ligure (Alessandria), 221 km long, in the sprint. Ewan had also won on the Pesaro straight, on May 18th. Valerio Conti has kept the pink jersey, which he wore on May 16th in San Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia), after the 6th fraction.
Giro d'Italia, Viviani retires: "I have to pull the plug to find serenity".
Tomorrow the 12th stage from Cuneo to Pinerolo (158 km). A path that made history: in 1949, that is 70 years ago, to be precise on June 10th, Fausto Coppi wore the pink jersey of the Giro at the end of the legendary 17th stage, disputed by the Municipality of Cuneese to that of the Torinese.
The Airone, whose centenary of birth is celebrated this year, went on the run and climbed the Colle della Maddalena, the Col de Vars, the Col Izoard, the Monginevro and the Sestriere, reaching Pinerolo with 11 '52 "advantage over Gino Bartali and almost 20 'over Alfredo Martini (source Ansa).
The Giro d'Italia will lose another protagonist. Downgraded in the Orbetello stage, three times second but never the official winner, Elia Viviani decided to leave the pink race after the fourth place in Novi Ligure, now that the mountains begin. A painful decision, above all the disappointment. Viviani's statements are reported by the Gazzetta dello Sport.
"It is clear that I am not at peace. In the morning I'm happy to meet the fans, but then something doesn't work. If I had understood what was not working I would have won today, I probably have to take a moment with my head and recover my mental energy. I will try to find the power I had before arriving here and I showed in the first stages.
These days I've heard all the colors from home, but I think the condition is there. I did three second places and a first place then downgraded, maybe I miss explosiveness but I don't think there isn't the shape.
I'm sorry because it would have been nice to win with the Italian jersey here. I'm not angry but disappointed, it's normal when you don't achieve your goals. My Giro ends today, I have to find serenity and pull the plug. I took beating in my career and I always started again "(source La Gazzetta dello Sport).
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