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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”

The Jerseys:
Leader: Dumoulin
Points: Gaviria
Mountains: Dumoulin
Young: Jungels

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.

Stage 16 Profile:
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Stage 16 Map:
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I think maybe Nibali had his eye on this one, for the Italians.

Top three overall very well could be set from here to the finish. Almost certainly the top three are in those now at top nine, and arguably in the top five.

So, some cat and mouse for 4 more stages?
 

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Agreed, in fact I suspect Nibali - who has become a very clever rider - was keeping his powder dry for this very stage. Expect to see more fireworks from The Shark during the next three stages. Recall as well that Nibali, on a good day, is a fairly good TTer. If he can build a sizable lead over Dumoulin in the mountains - the TT on Stage 20 might not be long enough to save the Dutchman's pink jersey. Quintana, Pinot and Zakarin (and perhaps Landa) must do their damage in the mountains and hope Dumoulin is far in the rear-view by the time the TT rolls around.
 
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