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Paret-Peintre won the Giro stage after a strong finish


The field heading out from the start of Tuesday’s stage of the Giro d’Italia. Photo: Fabio Ferrari, LaPresse via AP / NTB

Of NTB | 14.05.2024 17:09:37

Sport: It was the French 23-year-old’s biggest day on the bike set. The Decathlon-AG2R rider saved his first pro win for a Grand Tour ride. His older brother Aurélien won a Giro stage last year.

For a long time, Tratnik looked set to steal some of the limelight from his Slovenian compatriot Tadej Pogacar. Tratnik’s solo break seemed to be successful, but it was too heavy up the final steep climb to the finish in Cusano Mutri.

The Visma rider broke away from the close group 37 kilometers before the finish line, right after an admitted sprint. Paret-Peintre and his compatriot Romain Bardet took up the chase, but Tratnik responded and maintained a clear lead until just a few kilometers remained. Then he met the wall, and he had no chance when Paret-Peintre caught up with him and whizzed past.

Bardet was second, beaten by half a minute, while Tratnik had to settle for third place.

Pogacar sat quietly in the main field on Tuesday and looked after his clear lead in the summary.

Tobias Foss escaped a terrifying incident when a dog got in his way in a downhill just over 65 kilometers before the finish line. He had to do an evasive maneuver to avoid running over the dog.

The Norwegian Ineos rider was then in a larger breakaway group, but he had to drop it when there were about four miles left.

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