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Van der Poel misses out in second Giro d’Italia mountain breakaway


Mathieu van der Poel confirmed no signal of letting up in his battle to assert a second Giro d’Italia stage win however on Wednesday, the Alpecin-Fenix racer’s gutsy experience via the Dolomites ended with no reward but once more.

A part of an enormous day lengthy breakaway on a mountainous stage from Ponti del Legno to Lavarone, Van der Poel first went for it alone with 65 kilometres to go, then shot away coming off the second final climb, the Valico del Vitriolo, within the firm of fellow Dutchman, Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma).

All of it appeared so promising for the Alpecin-Fenix rider on the fearsome 10% slopes of the Monterovere, when he stormed away from Leemreize. And as his lead briefly reached reached double digits it appeared as if the gifted all-rounder could possibly be en path to a hard-sought success within the Giro d’Italia.

As an alternative, first Leemreize regained floor on the 27-year-old mid-way on the climb after which dropped him, and some minutes later, the eventual stage winner Colombian Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious) adopted go well with.

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