'I still can't believe it happened' — Alberto Dainese becomes first Italian winner at the 2022 Giro d'Italia

Team DSM sprinter charged to victory on stage 11

Alberto Dainese
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It has been 11 long days at the Giro d'Italia, but finally the Italian tifosi have something to cheer about. Alberto Dainese's victory on stage 11 to Reggio Emilia was the first by a native since Filippo Ganna's time trial win in Milan last year.

The Team DSM rider seemed to surprise everyone, including himself, by triumphing over a stellar sprint field which included Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ). In doing so, the 24-year-old took just the third win of his career, and the first WorldTour level victory he has ever achieved.

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