Team Jayco AlUla (Italy) - Press Release: Italian champion Filippo Zana put in a ride for the ages on stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia, winning from the breakaway in the tricolore to make it a memorable day for the Italian and Team Jayco AlUla.
Zana made it into a seven-rider break that openend up a sizeable gap on the road from Oderzo to Val di Zoldo, and as the ante upped onto the final climb into Palafavera, the 24-year-old found himself head-to-head with Thibaut Pinot in the battle for victory.
In a two-up sprint for the line after a tough day’s climbing, Zana played his cards to perfection to cross the finish line with his arms aloft, and celebrated a momentous first Grand Tour stage win – the team’s second success of the 2023 edition of the race.
Giro d’Italia – Stage 18 result:
- Filippo Zana (Team Jayco AlUla) 4:25:12
- Thibaut Pinot s/t
- Warren Barguil 0:50
Giro d’Italia – GC after Stage 18:
- Geraint Thomas 76:25:51
- Primoz Roglic 0:29
- Joao Almeida 0:39
- Eddie Dunbar (Team Jayco AlUla) 3:39
Photo: Sprint Cycling.