Stage 19: Bassano del Grappa to Monte Grappa, 26.8km individual time trial
There were no surprises in the Giro’s tortuous mountain time trial, with Nairo Quintana and his magnificent shin-length pink overshoes dancing their way to the summit finish on Monte Grappa with the fastest time. With his general classification lead stretched to over three minutes, it’d take a calamitous collapse for the Colombian to lose the maglia rosa from here.
These guys have been through the wringer already this week and they’re about to get wrung out a little bit more. Today’s mountain time trial will test the grit of the riders and could see another GC shake-up. Continue reading
As with all grand tours, any stage could be decisive for an individual GC rider if they have a bad day or are held up by a crash. But there are usually only a handful of stages that will be crucial for the overall outcome of the race. We pick the five that we believe could change the podium places around.