As the Giro d’Italia enters its concluding stages one Vincenzo Nibali, a twice former winner and Tour de France Champion, sits just 1 minute 54 behind race leader Richard Carapaz and is expected to make a charge for a third title.
“Given what I’ve done before and where I am, winning or losing counts a lot more. Finishing second or third doesn’t count for anything.” Says Nibali
Last year stage 19 (today’s stage) proved to be a key stage for Chris Froome who rode away solo with 80 kilometres to go, turning a 3 minute deficit into a lead position and an overall win 2 days later.
“You need the legs as well to do an attack like that,” added Nibali. “You need a really strong team that sets down a really high tempo. I’ll have to see how my team mates are, we’ll have to see and decide how to play our cards.”
“Every Giro has its own story, every race has its own story, and every stage has its own story, it’s not straightforward.”
With only 3 difficult days left of racing, and a former winner with nothing to lose hot on the heels of the leader… it’s sure to be an exciting finale.
So what’s left in store for the riders?
Stage 19, Friday, starts in the picturesque town of Treviso in the Veneto region of north-east Italy and heads of into the mountains with rolling undulations. The final kilometre winds its way through the centre of San Martino di Castrozza.
Saturday’s Stage 20 is a monster through the Dolomites which sets off from Feltre. 5 long consecutive climbs will test the reserves of every rider as they head towards the event finish on Sunday.
Stage 21, the final stage, is an individual time trial on the Torricelle Circuit used during the World Championships. The stage winds through city streets then briefly up a climb for a time split mountain points opportunity and then back down all the way into the finish at the Verona Arena.
We are excited to see whether Nabali can take the battle to Carapaz over these last stages and who will be victorious in this year’s converted Giro d’Italia. Live coverage on Eurosport and highlights on Quest.
Also, more two wheeled action starts this weekend too… ok, it’s engine powered… but who doesn’t love watching the Isle of Man TT? Pure madness.
Because the end of the Giro is so exciting we’ve decided to extend our special Roadies offer until the 2nd June; FREE Shimano inner gear and brake cable upgrades on all road bikes booked for a Deluxe or Super Deluxe C&R Service with us before 2nd June. Simply mention ‘Free Shimano Cable Upgrade’ in your booking. Offer excludes hydraulic systems.
Have a great weekend, whatever you’re riding, whatever you’re watching!
Photocredit: Giro d’Italia