Giro d'Italia: Hamilton gives Mitchelton-Scott options in breakaway
17 May 2019 06:12
Lucas Hamilton's stage 7 breakaway of the 2019 Giro d'Italia did not end triumphantly, but in a fraught finale, the young Mitchelton-Scott racer nonetheless showed clearly that he was both willing and able to punch above his weight in his Grand Tour debut. Hamilton, 22, placed fourth in an arduous Giro d'Italia stage run at over 45kph and in which the day's main breakaway never gained more than two minutes. His one final attack in the closing kilometres failed to work out. But Hamilton's presence had both kept the head on Mitchelton-Scott's rival teams, and given the Australian a chance to cross swords with highly-rated racers like Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team), who eventually claimed his 11th career win, and GC contender Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe).ADVERTISEMENT "Everyone was just attacking from kilometre zero," Hamilton recounted later to a small group of reporters, including Cyclingnews. "There was a little bit of concern there with [maglia rosa threat José Joaquín] Rojas (Movistar) and Formolo, but once we got 90 seconds or two minutes and we didn't push it any further, then the peloton was happy for us to keep going. "We knew today would be a good one for the break, so then we made sure we were in every move and obviously the one I was in went all the way to the line."
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