A day in the high mountains of the Apennines, the summit finish was cut by 2 kilometers but that wouldn't affect the day significantly. Zdenek Stybar (Team Jayco AlUla), Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Davide Ballerini (Soudal - Quick-Step), Erik Fetter (EOLO - Kometa), Simon Gugliemi (Arkéa Samsic) and Florian Stork (Team DSM) marked the day's breakaway, one that never threatened to take the glory on the day however.
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The final survivors of the breakaway were caught with 31 kilometers to go. The reason was the high pace in the peloton as INEOS Grenadiers and Movistar Team looked to put in the hurt on the many small ascents throughout the day. The first kilometers of the 10.7-kilometer long climb were calm however, as no-one took to the head of the peloton.
Only with 5.7 kilometers to go did UAE Team Emirates take the head of the peloton which finally started creating damage. With 4.5 kilometers Damiano Caruso launched an attack for Bahrain, quickly extending the gap as the Italian clearly had good legs on the day. The strong wind did not motivate attacks, some riders made little moves but did not commit, as Caruso's lead grew to 20 second just inside the final 2 kilometers.
With 1.5 kilometers to go Giulio Ciccone made an attack, and then Enric Mas attacked right after, finally creating gaps in the GC group as he and Ciccone bridging to the front - with Mikel Landa and Hugh Carthy then bridging across. However a standstill saw the GC group come back.
The final meters once again saw a bit of a standstill due to the wind. It was a sprint once again. Primoz Roglic put his sprinting skills to the test as he once again crossed the line first. The Jumbo-Visma rider beat Giulio Ciccone and Tao Geoghegan Hart to the finish and with the bonus seconds at the finish he took over the race lead - despite Lennard Kämna holding on in the GC group.
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