Pezcyclingnews: Giro’15 St.11: Zakarin Zaps Rivals!

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    Race report: We’ve had ‘shoulder-gate’ and ‘puncture-gate’, so we weren’t sure what scandal-based pun awaited us this afternoon on the road from Forl to the motor-racing circuit finish at Imola. In the end, there was nothing to get the polemicists too fired up, but we did get a new, young winner.A short, lightning-fast stage in prospect and fairly inclement weather, so it would be a day to keep a very close eye on proceedings. As ever, it all kicked off at a fierce pace and once a suitable mixture was found for the escape, a sense of semi-calmness descended and then young Russian, Ilnur Zakarin, went for a great solo win to show his promise for the future.How it unfolded:With the Passo del Trebbio as the launchpad for today’s mission, it’s a dozen away and clear, with varying degrees of dirtiness depending on how your moral compass swings to true north. The break of the day comprises Saturday’s long-break hero Steven Kruijswijk for LottoNL-Jumbo; Katusha’s Tour of Romandie winner Ilnur Zakarin; 2012 Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin), CCC Sprandi’s Marek Rutkiewicz; Matteo Montaguti and Carlos Alberto Betancur for AG2R-La Mondiale; Movistar have Rubn Fernandez and stage eight pickpocket Beat Intxausti; Androni Giocattoli’s Franco Pellizotti makes the cut; and Astana’s Diego Rosa.It was a bit grey at the start in ForlHesjedal is best-placed overall but on such a short stage (153 kilometers) which lacks any major difficulties, it’s hard to see him making up over six minutes to bump Alberto Contador...

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