"A stage like this was necessary to recover the fatigues of the past few days, I feel good thinking to the mountain stages ahead of us."
"Here in Cassano d’Adda, it was an arrival for sprinters - said sporting director Alexander Shefer - so the sprinters teams did the big part of the work. Tomorrow there will be a difficult finish, but the guys are ready."
Tomorrow 18th stage from Muggiò (close to Milan) to Pinerolo at the foot of the Alps. After running flat for 170km, this stage will have a challenging final with the Pramartino climb (4.6km with an average 10.4% gradient).