In a mountainous finish, Valentin Paret-Peintre (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team) won the tenth stage of the Giro d’Italia 2024, a day that started from Pompei and ended in Bocca della Selva, covering 142 kilometers with great mountainous difficulties, where the Colombian Esteban Chaves achieved a meritorious tenth place.

The 23-year-old French climber, who won his first victory as a professional, was part of a large breakaway and managed to catch Jan Tratnik (Team Visma | Lease a Bike) on the last climb, beating his compatriot Romain Bardet (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) by 30 seconds.

Among the favorites, there was no battle. The group came in at more than three minutes led by French rider Ben O’Connor (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team), with Colombian Daniel Felipe Martinez (Bora-Hansgrohe) 15 seconds back, valid to preserve second place in the individual general classification, behind Slovenian Tadej Pogacar.

The winding day started very lively. The first attack soon came from Belgian Quinten Hermans (Alpecin-Deceuninck) who was joined by Australian Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech). The two rode ahead of the peloton for a while until they were joined by more escapees.

Several skirmishes followed, the peloton slowed a bit and De Marchi and Clarke were able to take advantage. The two climbed the Bivio Taburno (3.1 km at 8.3%) together. On this climb, the best climbers decided to put the pedal to the metal, in an attempt to establish a new breakaway. Among the attackers was Esteban Chaves (EF Education – EasyPost), who was joined by Valentin Paret-Peintre, Romain Bardet, and Juan Pedro Lopez, among others.

In the closing stages, Jan Tratnik decided to anticipate the flatter sections before the final climb. The Slovenian went solo and took a good lead. However, Bardet and Paret-Peintre went chasing Tratnik. On the steepest part Paret-Peintre managed to pull away from Bardet with an impressive change of pace, and then passed Tratnik.

The 23-year-old Decathlon AG2R rider had plenty of time to celebrate his first victory as a professional cyclist. Bardet was second and Tratnik slipped into third place. Bagioli and Aurélien Paret-Peintre completed the top five.

The ‘Corsa Rosa’ will continue on Wednesday with the eleventh fraction, an undulating 207-kilometer day between the Italian towns of Foiano di val Fortore and Francavilla al Mare, which includes only one third-category categorized pass.

Giro d’Italia 2024 (2.UWT)
Results Stage 10 | Pompei – Bocca della Selva (142 km)

1 Valentin Paret-PeintreDecathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team3:43:50
2 Romain BardetTeam dsm-firmenich PostNL0:30
3 Jan TratnikTeam Visma | Lease a Bike1:00
4 Andrea BagioliLidl – Trek1:17
5 Aurélien Paret-PeintreDecathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team1:24
6 Simon GeschkeCofidis,,
7 Filippo ZanaTeam Jayco AlUla,,
8 Domenico PozzovivoVF Group – Bardiani CSF – Faizanè,,
9 Nicola ConciAlpecin – Deceuninck1:41
10 Esteban ChavesEF Education – EasyPost1:56

Ranking General

1 Tadej PogačarUAE Team Emirates36:46:08
2 Daniel Felipe MartínezBORA – hansgrohe2:40
3 Geraint ThomasINEOS Grenadiers2:58
4 Ben O’ConnorDecathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team3:39
5 Cian UijtdebroeksTeam Visma | Lease a Bike4:15
6 Antonio TiberiBahrain – Victorious4:27
7 Romain BardetTeam dsm-firmenich PostNL4:57
8 Lorenzo FortunatoAstana Qazaqstan Team5:19
9 Filippo ZanaTeam Jayco AlUla5:23
10 Einer RubioMovistar Team5:28

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico