Stage 18: Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta, 171 km
Julian Arredondo all but guaranteed himself the blue jersey with a solo victory atop Rifugio Panarotta ahead of Fabio Duarte. Meanwhile the GC underwent a major reshuffle as Pierre Rolland moved into a podium position and Cadel Evans slipped from third to ninth.
Stefano PIrazzi gave Bardiani-CSF their third win at this year’s Giro d’Italia with an opportunistic attack as the final five members of the day’s 26-man break approached the 1km flag. But why was it obvious before the start that we would see a breakaway winner?
After yesterday’s brief breakaway respite, today’s stage is a brutal return to the mountainous general classification action. Expect to see sparks flying as riders attempt to wrestle the maglia rosa from the shoulders of Nairo Quintana up to the summit finish at Rifugio Panarotta.