Giro d'Italia 2018 full route map

Giro d’Italia 2018 full route map

Dates: May 4-27, 2018
Stages: 21
Grande Partenza: Jerusalem, Israel
Finish: Rome

After 15 stages, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) wears the Maglia Rosa – having gained time on the day’s ascent of Mount Etna, and won stages nine, then eleven.

He increased his lead still further by attacking on the final slopes of stage 15 – though he later commented “two minutes is still not enough” – adding “I’ve been trying to take time since the race started, and I’ve been very successful on many days, but my advantage can be wiped out in one day, in one TT,” with reference to the 34.5km stage 16.

Before that, the honour was held by Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) who moved into the lead after stage two – whilst stage one time trial winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was the first to wear pink in 2018.

The race didn’t start too well for Chris Froome (Team Sky) who lost time on the opening TT following a recon crash, and hasn’t gained it back yet – in fact slipping a little more on stage four. However, the slopes of stage 14 appeared to treat him well, as he won on Mount Zoncolan.

Overall classification after stage 15

1. Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, in 65-57-37
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 2-11
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 2-28
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ,at 2-37
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana, at 4-27
6. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team, at same time
7. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, at 4-52
8. George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 5-34
9. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana, at 5-59
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 6-13

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Giro d’Italia 2018: as it happened…

Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 15 – Simon Yates

2Simon Yates attacks on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia. Image: Sunada

Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) attacked with 18km remaining to win solo on the summit finish into Sappada.

Yates increased his overall lead, from 1-24 over Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) to 2-11, tightening his grasp on the Maglia Rosa.

Yates crossed the line 41 seconds ahead of nearest competitor, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) with Dumoulin in third.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 14  – Chris Froome

Chris Froome wins on the Monte Zoncolan on stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia 2018 (Sunada)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) won stage 14, attacking with 4km left to the summit finish on Monte Zoncolan.

Maglia Rosa wearer Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) rolled in second, six seconds behind. Defending champion, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), lost 31 seconds on the leader.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 13 – Elia Viviani

Elia Viviani wins stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia

Having been dropped before the pivotal sprinter’s moment on the previous stage, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) was able to clinch the win on stage thirteen.

A powerful and late attack by Marco Coledan (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) under the flamme rouge momentarily looked like it could ruin a sprinter’s stage. However. he faded in the final 400m as  Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) closed him down.

Modolopassed Coledan with 200m to the line, but Viviani was planted on his wheel, sprinting around him to take the win.

A second sprint stage meant that the GC remained unchanged.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 12 – Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett wins stage 12 of the 2018 Giro d’Italia (Getty Images)

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took it upon himself to sprint past two remaining breakaways on the final stretch of the Imola motor racing circuit.

Five escapees went early, only to be brought back before a potentially dangerous duo of Carlos Betancur (Movistar) and Matej Mohoric (Bahrain–Merida) rode clear with less than 10km to go.

Entering the final 1km, the pair were still out front, but with just 4s lead, Bennett chose to make the final move himself, sprinting past the pair and taking the win whilst the GC remained unchanged.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 11 – Simon Yates

Simon Yates at the 2018 Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Another win for Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) – who attacked on the ramps of the final 2km, dropping his rivals with 1.4km to go.

Yates finished two seconds ahead of second place overall rider, defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).

Most other contenders finished eight seconds back, though Chris Froome (Team Sky) struggled in 40 seconds down, dropping out of the top-10 overall.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 10 – Matej Mohoric

Matej Mohoric wins stage 10 of the 2018 Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) won stage ten, out-sprinting his breakaway companion Nico Denz (Ag2r La Mondiale).

The break was formed with 40km to go, initially also with Davide Villella (Astana) – who was eventually dropped.

The day did not go well for Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) who move3d from second on GC to lose 25 minutes. Leader Simon Yates finished safely in the bunch.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage nine – Simon Yates

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Giro d’Italia stage nine, Simon Yates. Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

GC leader Simon Yates won the stage on a summit finish at the end of a 225km stage, increasing his overall lead.

The 47km finishing climb was lit up in with multiple attacks over the final 2km.

In the end, a six rider group approached the finish line, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) first to open his sprint.

Yates, having been protected all day, was able to come past to take the win.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage eight – Richard Carapaz

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Richard Carapaz wins stage eight of the Giro d’Italia. Image: Sunada

Best young rider Richard Carapaz (Movistar) attacked with less than 2km to the line, accelerating past the remainder of the breakaway to take the win on the summit finish to Montevergine.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) stays in the Maglia Rosa, with the top ten on GC remaining largely unchanged, though Carapaz moves into eighth.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage seven – Sam Bennett

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Sam Bennett celebrates his maiden Grand Tour stage win (Credit: LaPresse – D’Alberto/Ferrari/Paolone/Alpozzi)

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took his maiden Grand Tour stage victory, beating points leader Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors).

The Irishman waited for the Italian Viviani to launch his sprint, matching and holding his pace as his competitor faded.

The GC saw no major changes, with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) holding on to his pink jersey.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage six – Esteban Chaves

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Chaves wins whilst Yates moves into pink. Image: Sunada

Stage six was a triumphant day for Mitchelton-Scott – with Esteban Chaves winning the summit finish whilst team mate Simon Yates claimed the overall from Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing).

Chaves attacked from the breakaway, whilst Yates made his move from a group of favourites with 1.5km to go.

The favourites – defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished together, 26 seconds behind.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage five – Enrico Battaglin

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Enrico Battaglin celebrates winning stage five of the Giro d’Italia (Credit: LUK BENIES/AFP/Getty Images)

Stage five went to Italian rider Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo), in a sprint finish as the peloton eventually swallowed up a  break of four riders.

The break went almost from the line on the lumpy 153km stage. The riders built up a lead of over four minutes, but the gap sunk, even more so after the quartet began to attack itself in an attempt to go solo.

The group gallop meant that Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) held on to the Maglia Rosa, with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), one second behind and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in third.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage four – Tim Wellens

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Tim Wellens wins stage four of the 2018 Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Tim Wellens (Lotto-Fix All) claimed victory on stage four, keeping Michael Woods (EF Education First-Drapac) at bay on his way up the summit finish to Caltagirone.

A group of riders – Wellens included – found themselves clear with 1km to go, but the peloton was back together with 400m to go.

Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) made an attempt with 300m to go, but faded, giving Wellens time to accelerate, reaching the line alone with Woods in second.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage three – Elia Viviani

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Elia Viviani crosses the line after strong work from his Quick-Step team (Sunada)

Elia Viviani made it two in two days, proving himself the fastest in a bunch sprint on stage three.

The Italian was treated to an expert lead out by his Quick-Step Floors team mates, tracking competitor Sam Bannett after the Bora-Hansgrohe Irishman kicked into gear first.

Rohan Dennis (BMC) stayed in the GC lead, with all the major GC riders finishing safely together.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage two – Elia Viviani

Viviani wins the sprint finish on stage two of the Giro d’Italia (Sunada)

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) moved into the points jersey, after sprinting to the win on stage two – ahead of Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina).

No one could match Viviani, who rode past Mareczko with 50 metres to go.

The result saw Rohan Dennis (BMC) take the GC lead from Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), having collected three bonus seconds at the second intermediate sprint.

Outside of the top two, there were no other major GC changes.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage one – Tom Dumoulin

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Dumoulin celebrates in pink after the opening time trial. Image: Sunada

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) finished the first stage of the 2018 Giro d’Italia in pink, after covering the 9.7km time trial course in 12-02.

Rohan Dennis was second, having set an early benchmark of 12-04.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished 37 seconds back – having crashed in his recon ride.

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2017 Final general classification

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb, in 90-34-54
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team, at 31 secs
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 40 secs
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ, at 1-17
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin, at 1-56
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale, at 3-11
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, at 3-41
8. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors, at 7-04
9. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott, at 8-10
10. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac, at 15-17