'There was no moment of doubt' — Break which was never meant to survive stuns peloton on Giro d'Italia stage 18

Dries De Bondt triumphant out of quartet of escapees

Giro d'Italia
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This breakaway was not supposed to survive to the finish. With 122km to go of stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia, the quartet of riders up the road had just 2-05 on the peloton. This translated to just over a kilometre on the road, a distance that would surely be eaten up as the sprint teams put all their effort into catching the break for two and a half hours.

Stage 18 in Treviso was the last chance of the sprinters in the race, the final opportunity for Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), and Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates); the nailed-on bunch finish that would make all the Alpine climbing of the past few days worth it.

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