From Altoadige to Friuli with arrival at Piancavallo, a place that remains in the memory of cycling enthusiasts for the extraordinary victory of Marco Pantani in 1998, ahead of Alex Zuelle and Pavel Tonkov, in the year of the fantastic double Giro and Tour. Piancavallo is a city known for the innovation in skiing, in fact this tourist resort was the first in Italy to equip itself with an artificial snow plant.
This stage will start from San Candido, a village made famous by the service of leverage. Who, in Italy, did not have a friend who make the alpine soldier among these mountains?
This stage also cross Friuli Venezia Giulia, a region famous for wine and for the many champions that were born here. Just about today’s 191-kilometer-long route, the Giro meets the country of a legend of the italian sport: Primo Carnera, the giant boxing world champion, was born in Sequals and his home is now a museum.
But our attention is to the race. Tom Dumoulin, the flying Dutchman, is getting stronger every day. Today, he has been allowed to look proudly to his opponents, like he was Carnera, but Nibali and Quintana did not like this Overall Classification and this stage it’s one of the last bargains. Let’s wait for attacks, it’s not sure things will change, but they will definitely have to try.