Yesterday Monte Zoncolan assaulted the riders’ legs and bruised a few egos. Today’s stage required maximum concentration and sheer power. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) delivered an aggressive masterclass taking the stage win and solidifying his place at the top of the GC. Every other rider was an also-ran.
Classic stage after rest day madness! Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) took a joyful solo victory atop Sestola with Ivan Rovny (Tinkoff) and BMC’s Darwin Atapuma completing the podium. Movistar sent Andrey Amador on a snatch-and-grab mission. Heroic defence by Etixx-Quick Step kept the maglia rosa in the team and onto shoulders of Bob Jungels. The BIG news of the day was Mikel Landa (Sky) abandoning the race through illness.