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Derek Gee Giro 2023 stage runner-up for fourth time on a day in the mountains

Derek Gee Giro 2023 stage runner-up for fourth time on a day in the mountains

On a brutal day in the Dolomites, in his seventh 2023 Giro d’Italia breakaway, Derek Gee came runner-up for the fourth time in the 106th edition. Santiago Buitrago caught a solo Gee with 1.6 km to climb on Tre Cime di Lavaredo to take the win, his second in two years. Race leader Geraint Thomas takes a 26-second lead over Primož Roglič with one GC day to go.

The Course

This was it: the final GC road stage, considered by many the queen stage. Four categorized climbs–Cat. 2, Cat. 1, Cat. 1, Cat. 2–led to the only HC-rated monster of the 106th edition. c was 7.1 km at 7.8 percent, but the final kilometer was 11.1 percent. Yowzah!

Derek Gee couldn’t help but to go out on his seventh breakaway of the 2023 Giro d’Italia. The indomitable Canadian shook loose with 14 other fellows and was third over the top of the first Cat. 1 climb, short but steep Passo Campolongo. Buitrago had the most to gain GC-wise, as he was +12:02 to Thomas.

Derek Gee. He’s the escapee-est rider of the 106th Giro d’Italia.

Midway through the day, the wizards of Procyclingstats posted this:

Figures from Procyclingstats.

Gee’s gang started up Cat. 1 Passo Valparola with a 6:20 gap. The peloton’s order was Ineos, UAE-Emirates, Jumbo-Visma. Gee took the maximum KOM points. He was hauling himself up the mountains classification order.

The gap was still a hefty 7:30 when the escapees started up the Cat. 1 Passo Giau, 9.8 km of 9.3 percent. Gee upped the tempo and the break started to fragment. Movistar’s Carlos Verona, hit by another team’s car on Valparola, soloed off the front, eventually drawing Gee, Buitrago, Magnus Cort and Michael Hepburn. Again, the Canadian was first over the top and rose to third place in the KOM. On the descent almost the entire breakaway re-formed.

Cat. 2 Passo Tre Croci led directly to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. By the start of Croci, it was likely that the day’s winner would be a fugitive. Gee couldn’t help himself gobbling up the three bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint before the road kicked up and the rain began.

Passo Tre Croci

Larry Warbasse scampered away from his breakaway…

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