Against the chase of the sprint teams all day, young Belgian rider Laurenz Rex (23 years old) put on a show in the lead of the race during the eleventh stage of the Tour of Italy, which was with its 219 kilometers the longest of this edition.
Not long after the start, the rider from Raeren made the decisive attack, enabling the early breakaway to be formed. Five other riders accompanied him, with the peloton never allowing them to build an advantage of more than 4 minutes.
One by one, the breakaway companions of Laurenz Rex had to let go because of the succession of the three climbs of the day: Passo del Bracco (10 km at 4.4%), Colla di Boasi (9 km at 4.0%) and Passo della Castagnola (5 km at 4.5%). Just after the sign of the final 20 kilometer, Rex dropped his last breakaway companion to start a solo adventure with a gap of less than 1 minute against the peloton, which had decided to contest the stage win in a bunch sprint.
The Belgian rider, who’s currently riding his first Grand Tour and who recently extended his contract with the team of Jean-François Bourlart until the end of 2026, fought for a long time with a 25 second gap and was eventually caught with 5 kilometer to go, concluding a breakaway of 210 kilometer.
The sprinters of the World Team, Arne Marit and Niccolò Bonifazio, then prepared for the nervous final through the streets of Tortona. First named achieved tenth place, or the seventh top ten of team Intermarché-Circus-Wanty in this edition, just ahead of his teammate in eleventh place.