Quick-Step Floors played it cool to deliver Elia Viviani his fourth victory after a day of frantic action. With the maglia ciclamino still in play and never quite the right combination of riders in the break, BORA-hansgrohe and Mitchelton-Scott chased every attack and kept any move on a tight leash. Sam Bennett was boxed in on the run to the line, his late kick only enough for second place. Niccolo Bonifazio rounded out the podium. The GC contenders finished together, just pleased to have survived a day of full-gas action.
We’re in the middle of the third week of a cracking Giro d’Italia. But did you know if the UCI got their way the race would have finished by now? Euan asks: how the hell can they think about taking the ‘grand’ out of the grand tours?