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25 May 2018

Froomeyssimo!

Pre-race favourite Chris Froome (Team Sky) powered to his first ever Maglia Rosa as he dropped his fellow countryman Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and attacked with 80km to go on the Colle delle Finestre, the second iconic climb of the 101st Giro d’Italia, after he previously mastered Monte Zoncolan. He rode solo till the finish at the top of the Jafferau where he arrived more than three minutes before stage 8 winner, Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team). With one mountain stage to go, the Brit enjoys a 40-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb).

STATISTICS

  • Second stage win at the Giro for Chris Froome after stage 14 at Monte Zoncolan. With two stage victories for Froome and three for Simon Yates, all in uphill finishes, it makes five for British riders, only one down on 2013 when Mark Cavendish won five stages and Alex Dowsett one.
  • Froome becomes the 24th rider to wear the leader’s jersey of the three Grand Tours at least for one day, following Rohan Dennis who was the 23rd in Tel Aviv on stage 2.
  • It’s Froome’s 80th day in the lead of a Grand Tour: 1 at the Giro, 59 at the Tour, 20 at La Vuelta. Only four riders have led Grand Tours for longer than him: Eddy Merckx (201), Bernard Hinault (125), Jacques Anquetil (110) and Miguel Indurain (93).
  • Froome is the fifth Brit in the Maglia Rosa after Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, David Millar and Simon Yates, taking the country’s total to 20. Also in 2011, a Brit took over from a fellow compatriot (Millar after Cavendish on stage 3).
  • Froome recovered a gap of 4’52’’ to the Maglia Rosa between stages 15 and 19. In 2016, Vincenzo Nibali recovered 4’43’’ in just two stages (19 and 20).
  • Thibaut Pinot has the final podium in sight: the last Frenchman to make the podium of the Giro d’Italia was Charly Mottet, second behind Gianni Bugno in 1990 (John Gadret was classified third in 2011 after the results were reviewed).

FINAL RESULT

1 – Chris Froome (Team Sky) – 185km in 5h12’26”, average speed 35.527km/h
2 – Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) at 3’00”
3 – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) at 3’07”
4 – Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) at 3’12”
5 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 3’23”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1 – Chris Froome (Team Sky)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 40″
3 – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) at 4’17”
4 – Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) at 4’57”
5 – Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) at 5’44”

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Chris Froome (Team Sky)
  • Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Chris Froome (Team Sky), jersey worn by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team)

PRESS CONFERENCE

The stage winner and Maglia Rosa Chris Froome said: “I’ve had difficult moments in the Giro so I had to try something crazy. We took this tactical decision last night together with our nutritionists because there was a need for a good fuelling strategy for that and for how the guys would execute the orders. There were a lot of big attacks in the early part of the race. My team made a strong pace on the Finestre to set up the situation for me. It’s great to ride like this. That’s what bike racing is all about. If I was just gonna wait for the final climb, I would not have put three minutes on the Maglia Rosa. I knew the Finestre really well since I had a training camp in the area last year. I knew how to pace myself correctly. It was also a calculated risk. If there was not a big group behind me and other teams didn’t have domestiques, the GC riders had to make the same efforts as me. I was getting time checks from the motorbikes and via radio. I was 20 seconds from the Maglia Rosa for a long time. What I didn’t know was whether Tom Dumoulin still had good legs but I got the feeling that everyone was at the limit. It was raw bike racing.”

TOMORROW’S STAGE

Stage 20 – Susa-Cervinia 214km – total elevation 4,000m

This queen stage across the Alps features a remarkable 4,000m rise and drop, tucked away in the last 90km, where the riders will tackle three climbs amounting to nearly 20km each. The route climbs steadily all the way from Susa towards Turin, and then follows the gentle undulations of the Canavese to reach the Dora Riparia valley. The route then heads from the outskirts of Ivrea to the Aosta Valley to tackle the last 90km. The stage takes in climbs up the Col Tsecore (16km with long stretches exceeding 12% over the last 4km), Col de St-Pantaléon (16.5km at 7.2%) and Cervinia (19km at 5%). The roads are quite wide and well surfaced throughout.

Discover more on tomorrow’s stage

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