Katusha and Astana’s questionable tactics on the descent of Aprica to the base of the Mortirolo was swiftly countered by a ruthless Alberto Contador and although Mikel Landa took his second consecutive stage, Fabio Aru got a dose of instant karma in what will become a legendary Giro stage.
It was an eventful second week of the Giro d’Italia, to say the least. We had Richie Porte‘s Orica assist (Wheelgate), Chris Froome suggesting that Roger Federer man up (Selfiegate) and the seismic reaction to Juan Antonio Flecha‘s haircut (Curlsgate). We also have Alberto Contador bossing Astana, breakfast with That Boy Phinney and much, much more.
It’s high mountains in this stage to Aprica, with five climbs including the mighty Mortirolo Pass. If Astana want to take the battle to the maglia rosa this week, they couldn’t start with a better stage.