In the penultimate stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia, a fan incident helped Mick Rogers take another solo summit finish on the brutal Monte Zoncolan, while Nairo Quintana finished with Rigoberto Uran on his wheel and ahead of all other rivals and is now one stage away from the pink confetti celebrations of his first grand tour win.
This year’s Giro concludes with a pair of stages which couldn’t be more different. First up today is the small matter of the Zoncolan. Then, once Sunday’s bunch sprint in Trieste is done and the pink confetti has settled, the guys can finally relax. It’ll be all over.
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.