Giro stage 10 report: Paret-Peintre’s big break

The young French climber gets a massive first win from a massive breakaway.

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by Joe Lindsey 14.05.2024 Photography by
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Valentin Paret-Peintre waited more than two seasons for his first pro win but when it came it was a doozy. The 23-year-old French climber in his third year on Decathlon-Ag2r la Mondiale soloed clear of his breakaway companions to win the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia atop the Bocca della Selva climb.

Paret-Peintre joined a mid-race break of 25 riders that swept up the day’s early move and then counterattacked on the final climb with less than 3 km to ride to overhaul leader Jan Tratnik (Visma-Lease a Bike) and solo in for the win. Behind, Bahrain Victorious and UAE Team Emirates did most of the pacemaking in a dwindling group of favorites, but despite attempts from Bahrain’s Antonio Tiberi and then Decathlon’s Ben O’Connor, no one could shake race leader Tadej Pogačar, who easily kept his overall lead.

No rest after the rest day

Tadej Pogačar sits on the stone steps of the Anfiteatro di Pompei, clad in a pink race suit of race leader for the Giro d'Italia. Other riders sit near but not next to him. Close by is the spiral trophy for the race's overall winner. He wears large sunglasses that cover most of an otherwise expressionless face.
A man apart: Tadej Pogačar contemplates where he will erupt next while awaiting the start at the Anfiteatro di Pompei.

Brief analysis

I saw that the last 4 km was the hardest, so I said ‘Ok, if I want to attack it’s in the last 4 km,’ so I was waiting waiting waiting for all the last climb.

Valentin Paret-Peintre on the patience that led to his first pro win

Up next

While some sprinters opted to leave the race on the first rest day, those still in the field will get another shot at the win on stage 11. A 207 km route from Foiano di val Fortore to Francaville al mar starts with some climbing but nothing major and is almost totally flat for the last 100 km. Something tells me we won’t see a repeat of Alpecin-Deceuninck’s aggressive racing on sprint stages, as they’ll need a new tactic to get Kaden Groves in position to win.

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