The German rider Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling) has won Stage 17 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, 196km from Molveno to Cassano d’Adda. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) finished second, with Nikias Arndt (Team Giant – Alpecin) third.
Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) remains the race leader overall and keeps the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling) – 196km in 4h31’29”, ave. 43.317km/h
2 – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.
3 – Nikias Arndt (Team Giant – Alpecin) s.t.
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: “I’ve been a pro for six years and this is the big victory I have been looking for. It’s a dream. It wasn’t planned at all. I was working for Heinrich Haussler, closing the gap for him but I saw a possibility to get away. The finishing line was very near. It’s a strange feeling. Yesterday we were very disappointed to hear that our team is going to stop at the end of the year but we decided to stick together and it’s wonderful to come up with a victory to make it up for our disappointment”.
The Maglia Rosa said: “It’s been a long stage but quite a nice day. I’ve enjoyed riding with the Maglia Rosa as much as I could because I knew this was my last easy day race before some hard stages coming up, starting tomorrow. It’s a stage with a hard and spectacular finale after a tricky downhill. I’m ready”.