Alessandro Covi put in the biggest performance in his young career, placing 2nd after a day-long escape on a brutally tough Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia. The action from Perugia to Montalcino (162km) was marked by gravel sectors with four sections of sterrato packed into the final 70km.
Covi emerged as one of the strongest of the 10 rider breakaway group which built up a lead of over 12’ on the main bunch distancing most of his rivals in the final 10km before the kick to the line. Covi lead into the final kilometre in a two-man sprint with Swiss rider Mauro Schmid (Qhubeka-Assos). Schmid proved the stronger of the two to claim the stage with Covi finishing closely behind, to earn his first podium in his debut Grand Tour.
Covi : “ Today when I made it into the breakaway I knew immediately that I felt good. I had a rather unfortunate start to the season with various injuries and the thing I am most happy about is that I am back to feeling good again. In cycling you win and lose, today I lost but I have no regrets: I did my best. It’s a long Giro ahead still, I’ll try again! “