Giro d'Italia gruppetto 'racing full gas from the start to make the time cut'

A short, mountainous stage in the Giro d'Italia made for a difficult day for the sprinters and domestiques trying to finish within the time limit

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The Giro d'Italia's short 132-kilometre stage to Andalo in Italy's north today was not so sweet for the sprinters and other riders in the gruppetto. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) increased his pink jersey lead, but others struggled to finish within the time limit.

A group of around 45 riders raced to Andalo, not for the win, simply to continue in the Giro. Based on their calculations, they had to make it home within 18 minutes of the winner's time.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.