After Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took a big step towards overall victory in the Giro d’Italia by limiting his losses on Tuesday’s time trial, stage 17 brings a transition stage before the race hits three big days in the mountains.
The stage, which starts in Riva del Garda and finishes in Iseo, making its way between the two spectacular lakes of Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, is just 155km in length a features a flat finish.
However this is by no means an easy stage where the riders will be able to put their feet up before a bunch sprint finish, with a tough climb straight from the gun that will see a big fight to get into the breakaway.
Apart from the final stage in Rome, this is the last stage that will suit non-climbers and a possible break, so the pace is sure to be high all day as the eventual breakaway riders try and pick up stage win while the sprinters’ teams try to keep things together for the finish in Iseo.
As for the GC riders, they’ll be hoping for a relatively easy day ahead of a trio of mountain stages on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
After today’s stage, stage 18 has an almost pan-flat profile for the first 170km before a summit finish to Prato Nervoso. Stages 19 and 20 are more complicated with multiple climbs on the race profile.
Catch-up with highlights of stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia above, or read the full race report of the day’s action here.
The 2018 Giro d’Italia concludes in Rome on May 27.