All roads lead to Rome and the Giro concludes with a downtown criterium this evening.
Stage 20 review: a slow burner of a stage, understandable given the previous day. A big break went clear and from this Mikel Nieve took the stage win, much like previous years with Team Sky he was freed from domestique duties and took a stage win. It was impressive but because it Mitchelton-Scott’s fifth stage win it felt like a continuation rather than a triumph. Behind the big news was Thibaut Pinot being dropped on the Col de Saint Pantaléon for no obvious reason, he was to suffer the same fate as Simon Yates the previous day and went from a likely podium finish to ending up in hospital for dehydration. On the final climb to Cervinia Tom Dumoulin tried a few attacks but Chris Froome responded ably each time.
The Route: 115km and laps around Rome, the Italian capital and global tourist village. It’s got big boulevards but also large flagstones and urban pavé but there’s nothing too technical, the city may famously have seven hills but none are scaled here.
The Contenders: who would bet against Elia Viviani? Actually depending on the price Sam Bennett was perhaps the fastest in Iseo this week but was out of position. Either way a sprint finish is likely and Sacha Modolo is the third pick.
|Modolo, van Poppel, Bonifazio|
Weather: warm and sunny, a top temperature of 29°C
TV: Host broadcaster RAI offers the best coverage, Eurosport has the rights for many countries across Europe and Australia and it’s streamed via Fubo in the US and Dazn in Japan. The finish is forecast for 6.45pm.