Giro d'Italia contenders: Then there were four

Ivan Basso heads escape, Giro d'Italia 2012, stage 17

The Giro d'Italia's stage to Cortina d'Ampezzo, including a climb up the Passo Giau, developed into an elimination game. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) was the only one to attack, the rest of the favourites were happy to grind their rivals down.

"Tell me, how are we supposed to win this race?" Liquigas-Cannondale's team manager, Roberto Amadio asked Cycling Weekly. "Something will have to happen, but if we get to the end and Rodriguez still has his lead, we're okay with that."

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