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Giro d'Italia 2017
Note: This thread may contain a spoiler. Do not read further until you have seen the stage for yourself or have no objection to a spoiler.
Stage 15 Recap
So Bob Jungles (QuickStep) is now a real GC threat! He took the victory in Bergamo and now has to be one to keep an eye on for GCs in the future.
Hats off to Dumoulin for waiting for Quintana after his crash. Whatever you may think of Nairo, Dumoulin showed class (as the Maglia Rosa should). Sadly, class like that is something often lacking in the modern peloton.
General Classification after Stage 15 (Top Ten):
1)Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) 63hrs 48’ 08”
2)Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 2’ 41”
3)Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 3’ 21”
4)Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 3’ 40”
5)Ilnur Zakarin (Katush-Alpecin) 4’ 24”
6)Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) 4’ 32”
7)Dominico Pozzovivo (Ag2R La Mondial) 4’ 49”
8)Bob Jungels (QuickStep) 5’ 18”
9)Andrey Amador (Movistar) 6’ 01”
10)Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL – Jumbo) 7’ 03”
Stage 16: Rovetta – Bormio, 222km
Okay folks, the vacation is over. This is a killer high mountain stage with the potential to once again play havoc with the GC. It includes the “Cima Coppi”; the notorious Stelvio, as well as two other Cat 1 climbs at the Passo del Mortirolo and the Giogo di S. Maria. This is a true “Queen Stage” whose outcome could well finalize the podium in Milan.
Dumoulin has done well in the mountains thus far, in fact he has gone beyond expectations (hence the blue jersey) – but this is The Stelvio – a heartbreaker that may shatter Dumoulin’s Maglia Rosa dream just as it seemed to be in securely hand.
History has been written on these desolate slopes, it shall be written again.
My call: Quintana.
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