When Sunday, May 22
To Alpe di Siusi
Category Mountain time trial
Impact on GC 5/5
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The Alpe di Siusi is the setting for this Giro’s mountain time-trial, which is always a definitive stage regarding the makeup of the GC.
Those who may have benefitted from having a strong army of domestiques to hide behind in previous stages will have no such luxury here – this stage is simply each man versus the mountain.
It might be raced as a time-trial rather than a road stage, but on a climb that averages over eight per cent the marginal gains of an aerodynamic time-trial position that specialists against the clock hold over the pure climbers are rendered pretty much negligible.
After the previous day’s explosive stage, there may be some tired legs that could affect the outcome of this crucial test. New race leader Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and stage winner Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) had the best climbing form, but can Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) or Movistar pair Alejandro Valverde and Andrey Amador stage a comeback?