Mikel Landa wins at Piancavallo after two narrow misses. Nairo Quintana dethrones Tom Dumoulin.
Thibaut Pinot launched the fight among the favourites but at the stage’s end it was Nairo Quintana who took over from Tom Dumoulin as the leader of the General Classification; the top four riders are now within one minute of each other going into the final two stages.
1 – Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky) – 191km in 4h53’00”, average speed 39.112km/h
2 – Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (UAE Team Emirates) at 1’49”
3 – Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team) at 1’54”
Today’s stage winner Mikel Landa said: “Possibly this is my nicest win because it took a lot of effort to stay at the front knowing that the chasers were coming from behind. We lost a friend [Michele Scarponi] just before the Giro so I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to pay tribute to him when I crossed the finishing line. My overall standing in the General Classification doesn’t correspond to what I was hoping for at the Giro but after the crash [on stage 9], I stayed calm and I tried hard to win a stage. My last week of racing confirms that I can try to win a Grand Tour.”
The Maglia Rosa Nairo Quintana said: “The level is really high in this Giro – that’s why the gaps aren’t big – and the Stelvio stage was very demanding. Because of the tiredness I’ve chosen to mark the riders who were the closest to me on GC. I’ll have to defend the lead tomorrow and I expect [Vincenzo] Nibali to attack tomorrow and [Thibaut] Pinot is also dangerous; he’s got the strongest team here. I’m not surprised by how well [Tom] Dumoulin is going in the Giro – his performance has only confirmed the improvements he’s made in his climbing. Against him, we did what we could to take a bit of time on him today but we need to take more tomorrow because he’s the strongest time trialist.”
Stage 20 – Pordenone-Asiago 190km – total elevation 3,100m