The seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia, between Diamante and Potenza, the first in the mountains over a 196-kilometre route, was won by the Dutchman Koen Bouwmann (Jumbo), who found a reward for his daring by commanding a very long escape, while the Spanish Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) kept the pink jersey.
The first mountain day through the Lucanian Apennines, crossing the mountains of Calabria and Basilicata.
Along the route the cyclists had to face the ascents to Passo Colla (2nd), Monte Sirino (1st), which was returning to the Giro after 23 years.
From the beginning the movements began to make an escape. The first to try was the Dutchman Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix), but he was neutralized, just as Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) was later.
Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (INEOS) tried to shake up the race along with other cyclists, but his attempts were frustrated by the push shown by the Jumbo team.
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The escapees came to have more than five minutes ahead of the peloton, something that favored Bouwman in his options to be líder.
The four escapees knew how to suffer to reach Potenza. In the last 350 meters, the one who showed the most confidence was Bouwman, who left his rivals behind to enter the Finish Line alone. Bauke Mollema and David Formolo tried to follow him, but the one who couldn't be Dumoulin, who ran out of strength and ability to react.
For Bouwman this has been his first victory in the Giro d'Italia. His last victory was in the mixed relay of the 2019 World Championship time trial. While his only victory in a row was in the third stage of the Criterium Dauphiné.
The general classification is still led by Juan Pedro López, ahead of the German Lennard Känma, 38 seconds behind.