A sprint interlude, although if you can’t climb or time trial this is your last shot at a stage win so there should be a bigger battle for the breakaway and in turn this reduces the chance of a sprint.
Another day in the Alps and there’s just three seconds between Richard Carapaz and Jai Hindley.
Last week’s update had a lot going on, this week’s much quieter with only half of the teams scoring any points.
The big Alpine stage of the Giro. Coming after a relatively subdued stage on Sunday and a rest day we’ll see who has the freshest legs to make the moves today.
The Giro has a rest day in Salò, on the shores of Lake Garda, and a town arguably famous for its infamous moment, but that wasn’t the fault of the locals.
Who’ll have a spring in their step today? The area’s hoteliers will rejoice, room occupancy must be high given there have been so few abandons in this Giro. Less so the organisers RCS and TV rights holders given among the few who have left the race are many of the stars, from sprinters to overall contenders. So far the “fight for pink” hasn’t come alive, the race lead has only moved from Mathieu van der Poel to Juan-Pedro Lopez and now to Richard Caparaz. If it can change shoulders more often this week things will get fascinating.
The Giro goes into the Alps but today’s stage isn’t a summit finish, more a ride to the end of the valley.
Another Saturday, another circuit race and today’s stage is a tough one with steep climbs and twisting descents. It’s not the hardest stage of the Giro but it could be the most difficult, one handling error or a mechanical can spell ruin for the GC contenders.
A sprint stage or not? The Colle di Nava is a tough climb for the sprinters but there’s 100km to get back on.
A small anecdote from May 1989 that had some big consequences…
Last year the breakaways were going away and staying away but this year it’s been harder for a move to stick. This might change today.