Mikel Nieve saved Team Sky’s Giro by holding off Giovani Visconti (Movistar) and an energised mob of favourites, to take a fine solo win. The elite group probed for signs of weaknesses on every type of slope. They distanced Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quick Step), but they couldn’t shake Movistar’s Andrey Amador who rode himself into the maglia rosa. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) out-sprinted Alejandro Valverde to grab the bonus seconds for third place and move onto the GC podium.
We’ve got twice the California action today. Both the men and the women races climbed up into the Sierra Nevada for a Lake Tahoe, heavenly showdown.