Today the escapees had an excellent chance at the stage victory and so it was time for the flight of the day. After more than an hour of battle, a group of 25 riders broke away, in two times.
Mathieu van der Poel had two teammates with him, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Davide Ballerini, Bauke Mollema, Rein Taaramäe, Pascal Eenkhoorn and Simone Consonni were also on hand and went along.
In the descent of the Passo del Bocco, the first climb of the day, it became quiet for a while. Exactly 11 years ago, Wouter Weylandt died there after a fatal fall. The Giro organization laid a wreath of flowers at a monument, after which everyone got down unscathed.
Just before the last climb of the day, Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché), Stefano Oldani (Alpecin) and the young Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma) broke away from the other escapees. It immediately became clear that the three of them would be fighting for the win.
In the last kilometer Leemreize tried to surprise the two Italians twice. Oldani, on paper the fastest of the three, did not feel like it and reacted alertly twice. He then finished it off nicely, good for the second victory for Alpecin-Fenix in this Giro.
The pack took a day off, leader Lopez came in in the wake of his teammates at Trek at over 9 minutes.