Where's that GPS?
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 19 Recap
Mikel Landa (Sky), after numerous close calls, finally won his Giro stage.
Dumoulin, by his own accounting, had a bad day in which tactical mistakes and “bad legs” cost him his Maglia Rosa.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is our new Maglia Rosa, but only by the slimmest margins – the rest of the top five are within arm’s reach of snatching the pink jersey away from him in Asiago tomorrow.
General Classification after Stage 19 (Top Five):
1) Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 85:02:40
2) Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) 0:00:38
3) Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 0:00:45
4) Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 0:00:53
5) Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) 0:01:21
Stage 20: Pordenone - Asiago, 190km
The two Cat 1 climbs at Monte Grappa and then at Foza and a downhill rush into Asiago will determine the outcome in a stage that seems set for a breakaway.
Should a breakaway form, look for Landa, Pinot and/or Zakarin within its ranks. If one of these makes it into or across to the breakaway, things could get dicey for Quintana and his two group ride buddies; Dumoulin and Nabali.
My Call: Nibali takes the Pink.
The change in jersey ownership at the end of Stage 19 will inspire an all-out shoot-out during Stage 20 – Nibali, Pinot and Zakarin are likely to attack Quintana with everything they have. Movistar will have to step up to defend the jersey. Quintana's shortage of descending skills may cost him dearly.
Dumoulin, assuming his legs have recovered, just needs to keep a cool head and hang on to that front group of GC contenders. If he can do so, his chances of taking the final pink jersey, and the most important one, are looking good in Stage 21 – only a complete blow-up, costing him multiple minutes on the GC, could take him out of contention.
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