The twelfth and longest Giro stage went from Forlì to Reggio Emilua in 234 kilometres. Marcato, Maestri and Firsanov were the three brave breakers of the day. The sprinting teams didn’t want to let this opportunity slide and kept the race under control. Maestri stayed ahead until the last kilometres but inevitably got caught by the bunch. The cooperation between Lotto Soudal, Quick-Step Floors and Orica-Scott went smoothly and the riders approached the finish line at a furious speed. Greipel couldn’t compete for the victory in the bunch sprint and finished eighth. Gaviria won the stage, Mareczko became second and Bennett third. Tomorrow there is another sprint stage on the menu.

Also in the second stage of the Tour of Norway three riders escaped early on into the race. In a 194 kilometres long stage, that went from Eidsvoll to Brumunddal, the riders had to cover an undulating course. Orjuela, the last of the three escapees, got caught just before the final local lap of twenty-two kilometres. The hills were just not tough enough to determine the winner, so also in the Tour of Norway the riders prepared themselves for a bunch sprint. Dylan Groenewegen won the sprint ahead of Halvorsen and Boasson Hagen.