Giro 2017 Stage 16: Nibali bites while Dumoulin survives

The Giro Queen stage served up a piquant dish of the day redolent with rich drama and spiced with controversy. It’s fair to say the antipasta was a little bland, but boy did the last course on the Umbrailpass deliver. Vincenzo Nibali attacked on the last climb and rode the descent like all the beasts of hell had been released and were on his back wheel to catch long time leader Mikel Landa and out-sprint him to the line. Tom Dumoulin had an unexpected toilet trip in the bushes before the last ascent. As the GC contenders rode away without a backward glance he rode alone to save his maglia rosa – albeit with his lead slashed from 2:41 to 31secs. The Giro is NEVER over until the last stage is finished!
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Giro d’Italia 2017 : Final KM stages 4 to 9

The peloton set sail for Sicily and an appointment with Etna, then high tailed it to the mainland for a trip around the arch of the Italian of the boot. What racing, what joyous winners, what polemics, what scenery, and all taking place in a sea of pinkness. Missed any of the stages? They’re all here in one rollicking ride through stages 4 to 9.

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Giro 2017 Stage 6: Dillier delivers a ding-dong battle of a victory

The first stage on the Italian mainland delivered a fizzing will-the-break-make-it finish and a maiden grand tour victory for Silvan Dillier. The Swiss rider put it in the big gear with 150m to go and kept his wheel in front of a fast-finishing fellow escapee Jasper Stuyven. The difference between first and second was centimetres on the road but an ocean of emotion as Stuyven banged his handlebars while Dillier celebrated. Lukas Postlberger has a real taste for this Giro, adding a third place on today’s uphill drag to his victory on stage one. The status quo was maintained amongst the GC contenders, leaving Bob Jungels resplendent in pink for another day.

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