DSM’s Alberto Dainese took a bananas win during the flat, sprinter’s Stage 17 at the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday. He beat the maglia ciclamino Jonathan Milan and Michael Matthews for his third stage win.
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The 197 km, flat race from Pergine Valsugana to Caorle was expected to end in a sprint, but that didn’t stop others from trying. There were several large breaks that attempted to go clear, but ultimately, the pack knew it would end in a gallop. With 5 km remaining. Belgian Senne Leysen of Alpecin-Deceuninck got ahead, but it was doomed. The sprinter’s teams came together, lining up their fast men, and it was game on. Canada’s Derek Gee (Israel – Premier Tech) snagged some intermediate points early on, but was too knackered to try and give it a go in the finale.
Never, ever, ever give up. The strength from @alberto_dainese to overcome a tough few days, and the work from the team behind the scenes to keep him going… This one is extra special 🏼#KeepChallenging #Giro pic.twitter.com/YsAXvWjKm5
— Team DSM (@TeamDSM) May 24, 2023
And what a finale it was for Dainese! The Italian cranked out some serious power to take the win. In the final 21 seconds, he averaged 1020 W in average power, maxing out at 1130. He averaged just under 66 km/h, topping 70.4 at his quickest.
In Caorle it’s all a matter of millimetres, while tomorrow it’s going to get steep again!
Watch highlights of stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia 💗
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— Giro d’Italia (@giroditalia) May 24, 2023
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