"It has been a very tough race - he continued - but it was what we wanted. The first place in the team classification is a just reward for so much effort that all the Team did. "
After the Queen Stage across the Dolomites (210 km and climbed 6 passes), Vincenzo Nibali has earned a position in the GC and is now second only 41" from the new leader, the young Dutch Steven Kruijswijk.
"The new pink jersey - commented sport director Paul Slongo - should monitor the situation and we will be able to run in another surprising way. Tomorrow there uphill Individual Time Trial and will emerge who really has best recovered from the efforts of the last two stages."
The time trial Castelrotto - Alpe di Siusi nearly 11 km has an average 8.3% gradient with straight stretches alternated with hairpins that feature a high bend radius. The final kilometers Entirely run uphill, with constant slopes with a gradient of 11% maximum.