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Giro d’Italia 2024: Valentin Paret-Peintre beats idol Bardet to stage 10 victory
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Giro d’Italia 2024: Valentin Paret-Peintre beats idol Bardet to stage 10 victory

Valentin Paret-Peintre launched a late attack on the final climb to win stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, celebrating at the finish line with his brother Aurélien who came fifth.

Slovenia’s Jan Tratnik looked set to take the stage after launching a solo break from the leading group with more than 30km left to race, but was overtaken by France’s Paret-Peintre with less than 3km to ride. “I was there to get a good result in the stage and why not win? Now I have a stage win for my first professional win,” Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale’s Paret-Peintre said.

The 142km ride from Pompei to Cusano Mutri ended with an 18km finishing climb at Bocca della Selva, and Team Visma-Lease a Bike’s Tratnik had to settle for third place in the end. Paret-Peintre said: “The last 4km was the hardest and I said: OK, if I want to attack it’s in the last 4km, so I was waiting, waiting, waiting on the last climb and when I saw the last 3km, I attacked.”

The peloton at the Camposauro during stage 10.View image in fullscreen

Romain Bardet (Team DSM-Firmenich) – Paret-Peintre’s idol – made it a French one-two, as he also went past Tratnik to come in 29 seconds behind the winner, and was rewarded for his efforts as he moved up from 14th to seventh in the general classification.

Stage 10 came after Monday’s rest day and, while the race leader, Tadej Pogacar, of UAE Team Emirates was happy to take it easy in the peloton, others grabbed their chance for glory, with a large group getting away from the main bunch. Tratnik’s solo attack looked like it would pay off but he was hunted down by Paret-Peintre and Bardet and his brave effort was foiled as tiredness set in.

“I think three, four kilometres to go, I started to feel a bit of weakness in my legs,” Tratnik said. “I look behind and they passed me with double speed and then for me it was just a battle to the finish line.”

On stage eight, Paret-Peintre was caught 4km from the end by the peloton but this time he claimed the win, following in the footsteps of his older brother who won a stage in last year’s Giro. “Doing it one year after my brother is special,” the 23-year-old said. “Last year when he won his stage, my name was written by mistake on the bottle of champagne. This time, I’m really the winner.”

Pogacar still holds a lead of two minutes and 40 seconds over Daniel Martínez of Bora-Hansgrohe, with Ineos Grenadiers’ Geraint Thomas in third, 18 seconds further back.

Source: theguardian.com