Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia – the day after a heavy duty stage and the day before a rest day. What would it bring? Well, it brought mixed emotions in the peloton, who let the break duo of Dario Cataldo (Astana) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli) have over 16min before they went for a hard chase over the climbs in the last third of the race. In the end, it was Cataldo who won the two-up sprint, with a Shark-fuelled maglia rosa quartet bearing down on him and Cattaneo. It was the first solo stage win for the Astana rider at the Giro – a fine reward for all his domestique duties through the years. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) extended his lead over Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and stays pretty in pink.
Marcel Kittel wins his fifth stage of TDF2017 and his 14th of Tour career. As usual, he timed his sprint to perfection and overtook his opponents with ease. But it was Maciej Bodnar who stole the limelight by attacking from the breakaway group and almost making it to the line … almost. His surge was like a shot of espresso in a quiet (but crash prone) flat stage. All the jerseys stayed on the same shoulders.
Stage 16: Ponte di Legno to Val Martello, 139km
Nairo Quintana conquered the Giro’s queen stage, defeating a punishing parcours, appalling weather and the entire GC field to displace compatriot Rigoberto Uran as the maglia rosa with a ride that will go down in cycling folklore.