When Sunday, May 29
Impact on GC 1/5
Three intense, exhausting weeks of racing finally come to a close with a flat stage in Turin.
For several years prior to 2013, the closing stage had been an individual time-trial, meaning the riders had to race hard right up until the very end. But this flat stage to Turin will be treated more as a relaxed, ceremonial affair – at least until the mad dash for the final bunch sprint.
It’s the thought of this stage that will have kept any surviving sprinters’ spirits up as they dragged themselves through the horrors of the past two stages.
The hard work isn’t quite done yet though, and they have to be alert to make sure everything goes smoothly and according to plan – no sprinter will wish for a repeat of last year, when Iljo Keisse (Etixx-QuickStep) managed to slip away from the bunch to win the stage.