Dunne on the attack, Dunbar looking solid on Giro d’Italia stage 7

Posted on: May 17th, 2019
Conor Dunne did his best to get off the front of the Giro today on stage 7 at the end of a testing opening week despite any really high mountains.

Having turned himself into a breakaway specialist in recent years, Conor Dunne did his best to get clear on the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia today.

The Israel Cycling Academy threw himself into the mix as the attacks darted off the front.

His efforts were not successful as it took the breakaway two hours to eventually become established.

Indeed, the 185km stage from Vasto to L’Aquila was past its halfway point before the escape that would succeed moved clear.

While there were 13 men in it, the move was whittled down as the stage progressed.

And in the attacking towards the finish it was Pello Bilbao (Astana) who came out best.

He got clear on his own and went on to win the stage just five seconds ahead of Tony Gallopin (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The look back by Pello Bilbao (Astana) that confirms he has victory in the bag

Eddie Dunbar looked strong inthe reduced peloton in the last 20km of racing and it appeared for a time as though the escape might be caught.

However, when the pace was knocked off a little on the front of the peloton deep into the final 10km that gave the breakaway all the room it needed.

On the finish line it still had 1:07 in hand on the bunch, which numbered just 50 riders such was the pressure on what was a lumpy finale.

Though the bunch had reduced that much, 22-year-old Grand Tour debutant Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos) was in there. He placed 28th on the stage.

One upside for Dunbar was the presence of his team mate Sebastian Henao in the breakaway.

It was the first indication from Team Ineos it would allow its riders to attack on this Giro.

Until today, protecting the general classification aspirations of Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart had been the order of the day.

Conor Dunne paid for his efforts to get clear and the Irish champion finished in a large group 18:06 down.

Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) finished in the reduced peloton and he retains his race lead ahead of tomorrow’s flat stage.