The final mountain stage in the 100th Giro d’Italia came down on a battle between the favourites. Tom-Jelte Slagter represented Cannondale-Drapac in the breakaway, but it didn’t have any chance of staying away with the favourites battling each other for the pink jersey and GC positions.
Five of the top six in the GC contested the stage win, only Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) further back. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won the stage, Dumoulin crossed the line in a group of other riders in the GC top 10 at 15 seconds.
Davide Formolo notched a top 20 finish, at 4:18 from Pinot. But with Steven Kruijswijk not taking to the start in stage 20, now moves up to 10th place overall with one stage left to go.
“Davide Formolo suffered from the pace Katusha made on the Monte Grappa,” says sports director Charly Wegelius. “But he came back on the downhill.”
“Again on the final climb he suffered, but he never really cracked. That’s probably his story of this Giro, because he never cracked. So hopefully he can finish it off in the time trial in a nice way.”