Giro Stage 18: Gilbert floors it for a Thursday double

Today’s Giro script was for a breakaway to stay away – that happened – and for the GC guys to save themselves for the next two high mountain stages. That kind of didn’t. Philippe Gilbert took an impressive solo win – the second consecutive Thursday on which he has claimed stage honours – while Alberto Contador decided to show Mikel Landa (Astana) that there’s no forgiveness.

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