Tough stage although I don’t expect GC action until the final climb. Still given the length and amount of climbing which precedes the finale it would not surprise me to see some decent gaps on the final climb if a team like Sunweb is willing to take control. The risk is that everyone has an eye towards tomorrow’s stage instead.
Hagen said in an interview that today or Stelvio is the days he'll go all in for the break. So then probably he's gonna get in the break, look great on the first two climbs and then being dropped by non-climbers on Durone....
As a Portuguese i hope for a glorius day for us. Almeida kkeping the maglia rosa and Gerreiro taking the mountains classification,
I would go for a wictory from a rider from the break, but there are a lot of guys that need to recover the lost time, like Nibali, Fuglsang, Pozzovivo. But to do so, they can't wait on the last climb.
It may be my heart speaking instead of my brain, but for me João Almeida is the main contender right now, and the mais rivals are Hindley and Tao. I don't know why, but i think Keldermen is loosing some gas. But the truth is that stelvio stage can be tricky for these three young rides.
Hopefully Jai Hindley gives this another big shake. He's riding for Kelderman so sadly not sure we get to see what he could actually do if not left on the front. Final climb looks quite easy on paper so I think Sunweb might want to whittle down the lead group before Madonna di Campiglio?
What is the weather forecast for tomorrow? If a shortened stage then maybe that force more action by GC teams on this stage?