The 21st stage starts at 185 metres to finish at 120 meter above sea level. The course is steadily going down, basically it’s an elongated false flat, so we should expect high speeds. Riders who are used to pushing a huge gear do have an advantage. Bike handling is not a top priority as the route features hardly any curves.
The first ITT of this Giro, stage 10, was 10 kilometres longer and not as flat. Tom Dumoulin shattered quite a few dreams that day, but certainly not his own. He put 49 seconds into Geraint Thomas (who is not competing anymore) and 56 seconds into Bob Jungels. And you needed binoculars to spot his first GC-rivals. Nibali was 2’06” in arrears, Pinot 2’42” and Quintana 2’53”.
Favourites 21st stage 2017 Giro d’Italia
*** Vasil Kiryienka, Tom Dumoulin, Jos van Emden
** Bob Jungels, Luis León Sánchez, Stef Clement
* Vincenzo Nibali, Thibaut Pinot, Marcin Bialoblocki
Giro 2017 stage 21: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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