Giro d'Italia stage 10: Valentin Paret-Peintre triumphs atop Bocca della Selva

Frenchman beats Romain Bardet and Jan Tratnik from the breakaway

Clock15:08, Tuesday 14th May 2024
Valentin Paret-Peintre on stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia

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Valentin Paret-Peintre on stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia

Valentin Paret-Peintre (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) claimed his first professional victory on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, and did so in style, dropping some big names on the slopes of the Bocca della Selva summit finish.

The 23-year-old Frenchman, a featherweight climber weighing in at little over 50kg, was part of a large breakaway group that would contest the stage honours and made his winning move when he caught and passed long-range attacker Jan Tratnik (Visma-Lease a Bike) 3km from the summit.

Paret-Peintre had spent much of the final climb alongside Romain Bardet (dsm-firmenich PostNL) but ripped clear of his fellow Frenchman to shut the 30-second gap to Tratnik, before wasting no time in kicking again and going solo.

Bardet himself eased clear of a fading Tratnik but had to settle for second place at 30 seconds, even if he did take back some time on the general classification.

As for those main GC contenders, they arrived in a heavily reduced group just over three minutes down on the winner. There were no big attacks on the climb, which saw Bahrain Victorious doing much of the pacing, but some cracks did appear in the final dash for the line.

It was another Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale rider, Ben O’Connor, who led the group home with a fierce sprint and while the top three of Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) were all safely in the wheel, the white jersey of Cian Uijtdebroeks (Visma-Lease a Bike) struggled off the back and conceded several seconds.

After the first rest day, stage 10 got the Giro back underway with a short 142km route that contained a mid-stage category-2 climb ahead of the final climb, which measured 17.9km at an average gradient of 5.6% but with some steep stuff towards the top.

The first half of the day saw a huge fight to form a breakaway, with Paret-Peintre part of a 27-rider move. When Tratnik went solo nearly 40km from the line, he formed a chasing group with Bardet, Marco Frigo (Israel-Premier Tech) and Andrea Bagioli (Lidl-Trek). After Frigo was dropped early on the final climb, the two Frenchmen had a chat before attacking Bagioli out of the picture, but the alliance was broken just over 3km from the top when Paret-Peintre made his move.

Tratnik appeared to be heading to glory, and Bardet appeared to have the strongest climbing pedigree, but the way Paret-Peintre danced away from both of them left little doubt this was a deserved high-profile first victory for the youngster.

“I can’t describe what I feel now, it’s just amazing,” he said. “I was there to go for a good result and why not win? Now, I have a Giro stage win for my first pro win, it’s amazing. “I saw that the last 4km was the hardest, so I said ‘okay, if I want to attack it’s in the last 4km, so I was waiting waiting waiting for all the last climb, then when I see the last 3km, I attacked.”

As for the general classification, it was a quiet day, with Pogačar retaining a lead of 2:40 over Martínez, 2:58 over Thomas, and 3:39 over O’Connor. Uijtdebroeks conceded 13 seconds but remains in fifth at 4:15, while Tiberi conceded four seconds and remains in sixth at 4:27. Then comes Bardet, who may have missed out on the stage win but jumped seven places and now lies seventh and well in the mix at just under five minutes down on Pogačar. One notable drop was Thymen Arensman (Ineos Grenadiers) slipping out of the top 10.

Read more: The GC standings at the Giro d'Italia

A big fight for the breakaway

As the flag dropped on stage 10, two riders went clear from the opening kilometre: Simon Clarke (Israel Premier Tech) and Quentin Hermans (Alpecin-Deceuninck). However, the day’s breakaway would not form quite so easily – far from it. Soon, Alessandro De Marchi (Jacyo-AlUla) bridged across to make three, but behind the peloton was raging with a relentless barrage of attacks.

Hermans was actually dropped by the first intermediate sprint after 52km, where Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) grabbed some points from the bunch, but it was on the subsequent uncategorised climb to Bivio Taburno that things really took shape, with a group of some 25 riders clipping off the front of the bunch.

In there were: Tobias Foss (Ineos Grenadiers), Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Simone Velasco (Astana Qazaqstan), Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe), Simon Geschke (Cofidis), Aurélien and Valentin Paret-Peintre (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale), Esteban Chaves (EF Education-EasyPost), Enzo Paleni (Groupama-FDJ), Simon Clarke, Marco Frigo (Israel-Premier Tech), Andrea Bagioli, Juanpe Lopez (Lidl-Trek), Will Barta (Movistar), Romain Bardet, Chris Hamilton, Kevin Vermaerke (dsm-firmenich PostNL), Alessandro De Marchi, Filippo Zana (Jayco AlUla), Mattia Bais (Team Polti Kometa), Jan Tratnik (Team Visma | Lease a Bike), Domenico Pozzovivo, Luca Covili, Filippo Fiorelli (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) and Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious).

The day’s first categorised climb was the cat-2 Camposauro (6.1 km at 7.5%), where the large group made contact with the two leaders, although Clarke himself was soon dropped on the climb. Geschke claimed the maximum helping of mountains points to ensure he will wear the KOM jersey on stage 11 on Pogačar's behalf, as the breakaway crested four minutes up on the peloton.

That climb was sandwiched by uncategorised ascents, and on the subsequent slopes of Guardia Sanframondi, the breakaway started to be whittled down to size. Fiorelli attacked for the points at the Intergiro sprint at the top, while Tratnik went solo soon after.

Paret-Peintre found himself in a chasing group with Bardet, Frigo, and Bagioli, while his brother and teammate, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, was in a group behind spearheaded by Pozzovivo.

Onto the final climb Tratnik led by well over a minute, with another 30 seconds between the first two chase groups and a total of five minutes back to the peloton. Frigo was the first to drop from the chase, and there was a certain cruelty to the next blow as Paret-Peintre and Bardet exchanged words in their native tongue before ripping clear of Bagioli from behind in tandem.

Still, Tratnik was a minute ahead and didn’t look to be fading, while the two chasers didn’t seem to have the pace to turn the tables. How wrong that was. Paret-Peintre was simply biding his time, and when he rose out of the saddle to attack Bardet he looked streets ahead. The now 30 second gap to Tratnik was erased in the space of around 300 metres, and no sooner had he made contact than he rose from the saddle once more to go solo into the lead.

Tratnik had no response, and by then it was clear he was cracking, as Bardet moved up and around him, too. Still, any chance of another late upset was smothered by Paret-Peintre, who looked springy to the last, and celebrated passionately as he claimed a breakthrough victory for himself and continued his team’s rich vein of form in 2024.

The GC battle

There were no fireworks in the general classification, which has a very similar feel as it did at the start of the day. Pogačar has been in cannibalistic mood at this Giro, with three stage wins to his name already, but he and his team were happy for the breakaway, once it finally did form, to sail ahead to contest the day’s honours.

The team most worried about the distance between break and bunch were Bahrain Victorious, presumably wary of Bardet making up to much ground in relation to their main man, Tiberi.

Bahrain pulled in the valley and they also worked on the final climb, by which point the group was down to around 30 riders. Caruso, who’d been in the day’s break, dropped back to perform a big pull on the upper reaches of the climb, when only 15 or so remained. Tiberi then issued an acceleration, but it didn’t have any impact in splitting the group, even if Uijtdebroeks did begin to suffer.

As if Decathlon-AG2R could look any better, Alex Baudin then started pulling that group on behalf of O’Connor in the final couple of kilometres. Arensman was a notable casualty, and when O’Connor opened up and sprinted to the line, more cracks emerged.

Martínez, Thomas, Pogačar and Einer Rubio (Movistar) could all follow in the slipstream but there was a four-second gap to Tiberi, Jan Hirt (Soudal Quick-Step) and Michael Storer (Tudor), while an ailing Uijtdebroeks could barely complete his final pedal strokes and trailed home a further nine seconds behind.

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Race Results

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PARET-PEINTRE Valentin

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team

3H 43' 50"

2

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BARDET Romain

Team dsm-firmenich PostNL

+ 29"

3

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TRATNIK Jan

Team Visma | Lease a Bike

+ 1' 01"

4

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BAGIOLI Andrea

Lidl-Trek

+ 1' 18"

5

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PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team

+ 1' 25"

6

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GESCHKE Simon

Cofidis

"

7

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ZANA Filippo

Team Jayco-AlUla

"

8

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POZZOVIVO Domenico

VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè

"

9

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CONCI Nicola

Alpecin-Deceuninck

+ 1' 41"

10

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CHAVES Esteban

EF Education-EasyPost

+ 1' 56"

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