After a tough time trial on Tuesday there would be a few tired legs on the way out of Firenze for stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia, the 161km ride through the Apennines to Bagno di Romagna looked set to be a tough stage for everyone.
Going into the stage, the race had a new leader, with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) having taken the pink jersey with a dominant performance in the stage 10 time trial, putting plenty of time into all of his main rivals, especially Nairo Quintana (Movistar).
However with four classified climbs, and two flat stages to follow, there could be plenty of places for long-range ambushes if anyone wanted to leap up the general classification.
But if there wasn’t to be any action in the race for pink, then there would certainly be a big fight to get in the breakaway, with the stage looking perfect for an attack to succeed.
Catch-up with the highlights here, or read the full report from the stage.
The Giro d’Italia continues on Thursday with a 229km stage containing a couple of decent categorised climbs, but with a flat finish into Reggio Emilia that should favour the sprinters.