An important weekend of racing in Italy began with the riders taking on a 34-kilometer rolling individual time trial stage, seeing a battle between the GC contenders and time trial specialists. The stage kicked off in Conegliano and had its showdown after some climbs like the Muro di ca´del Poggio in Valdobbiadene. It was definitely a stage where every second counted to make a mark on the overall ranking of the Giro d`Italia.
The first rider of the Kazakh team to leave the ramp was Rodrigo Contreras, after yesterday`s effort in the breakaway of the day, the young Colombian rider put in solid ride finishing the course in around 100th place at the end of the day.
The next Astana Pro Team riders were Manuele Boaro, Jonas Gregaard and Oscar Rodriquez. All riders finished the course safely in a time of around 50 minutes. Fabio Felline, who unfortunately crashed yesterday, got the go from the team´s doctor and left the ramp in the early afternoon. The Italian rider showed, as in the previous days, a good performance on this demanding course and finished in 40th place.
The last rider, tenth on the overall ranking, Jakob Fuglsang took on the course and put in a strong ride. It was a tough battle between the GC contenders and the time trial specialists, which saw F. Ganna taking a second time trial stage win.
The Danish rider finished the course in a time of 45:53 minutes, which meant the 29th place in today`s time trial. As expected the time trial saw a shake up on the general classification ahead of tomorrow´s mountain stage. Jakob Fuglsang will head into the mountains being 12th in the GC.
- Well, I started good and found my rhythm quite quickly. I came good over the first part, the Muro but on the final part I couldn’t push the way I wanted. It is how it is. Tomorrow is an important and tough mountain stage, so we have to focus on that now. - Jakob Fuglsang
Tomorrow the 15th stage will see another summit finish. After 185km with three category two climbs the riders will tackle up to Piancavallo. A tough stage, where another change on the GC is most likely to happen.
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