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Sagan solos to his first win of 2020 on Giro stage 10

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Peter Sagan took his first victory of the season after an impressive solo performance on a dramatic stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia.

The day saw no shortage of storylines from even before the riders rolled out from Lanciano, as Michael Matthews, Steven Kruijswijk, and several Mitchelton-Scott staff members tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the departures of Matthews and the entire Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott teams from the race.

When the race did get underway, there was a long battle to form the day’s breakaway, with Sagan getting into the move that eventually did get clear. The three-time world road champion soloed off the front on a series of short climbs inside the last 50 kilometers and then held off a chasing peloton, which came oh-so-close to catching him at points, to pick up his first Giro d’Italia stage win on rain-slicked roads in Tortoreto. Brandon McNulty nabbed runner-up honors 19 seconds later after jumping out of the GC group, while race leader João Almeida took third 23 seconds down, padding his overall lead with a few more bonus seconds.

There was some movement in the top 10 overall as Jakob Fuglsang suffered a horribly timed punctured with less than 10 kilometers to go, while Harm Vanhoucke lost touch with the GC group in the lumpy finale. Fuglsang lost 1:15 to the GC group on the day, dropping from sixth on GC to 11th. Vanhoucke, who began the day in seventh, lost 3:38 on the day and dropped down to 16th overall.

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