When Wednesday, May 25
To Cassano d’Adda
Impact on GC 1/5
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Amid a final week full of huge mountains, stage 17 will be an oasis of calm for the GC riders, as we head westwards out of the Dolomites.
With just one classified climb and an uncomplicated 100km run-in to the finish this should in theory be a day for the sprinters. But nothing is guaranteed come the final week of a Grand Tour, and sprinters’ teams may be either too tired or too depleted in numbers to control and bring back the breakaway.
A bunch sprint nevertheless remains the most likely scenario, and therefore the penultimate chance for sprinters to get another win.
On the previous stage, Steven Kruijswijjk (LottoNL-Jumbo) rode strongly to finish just behind stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and extend his lead in the general classification. The Dutchman sits three minutes ahead of Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) with Valverde up to third at 3-23.