Gruber Gallery: Giro stage 18

    #GreenArgyle was all over the second queen stage of the Giro d’Italia. Second queen stage? Yes, second queen stage. Only the Giro d’Italia could get away with having two. Today’s race took the peloton over five categorized climbs in the Dolomites. The stage was short (132km) but sharp and fierce.

    Cannondale-Drapac put three riders in the main move of the day: Joe Dombrowski, Giro stage 17 winner Pierre Rolland and Davide Villella. Both the break and the peloton split to bits on the penultimate climb, causing an overhaul to the race situation. For around 10 kilometers, Dombrowski was part of a four-rider chase in pursuit of Mikel Landa (Sky) and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC). Dombrowski eventually faded back. Van Garderen went on to win the stage.

    Although no Cannondale-Drapac rider finished in the top ten on the stage, it was a #goodgreenday in Italy that saw Davide Formolo jump up two spots overall. The Italian now sits in 11th place, 7:59 off the race leader, 59 seconds off the best young rider jersey and 25 seconds away from tenth on general classification.