Few would have predicted that Chris Froome would be riding into Rome in Pink, if you did then kudos to you and well done on “backing the right horse”!
Following a less than ideal start to the Giro , Froome slipped outside of the top 10 in the general classification. This all changed in the 3rd week, a dominant performance up the Zoncolan, a strong individual TT and one of the best solo performances in recent history on Stage 19 meant that it was now Froome’s race to lose as he had 40 secs over Dumoulin heading into stage 20!
Stage 19 of the Giro, quite literally turned the race on its head. Can you imagine riding an 80km time trial? Just you, the open road and the numbers on your bike computer! If there was a rider who would possibly try something so audacious, Froome may be included on the list of protagonists but definitely wouldn’t be your first choice…he admitted after the stage victory in an interview with Eurosport that “I’ve never raced that way before”. It was one of the most exciting stages of a Grand Tour that we have ever watched, with plenty of tactics and rivalry between the other GC favourites, which arguably cost Dumoulin the Maglia Rosa.
Credit to Froome and Team Sky for going all in and emerging with a phenomenal Grand Tour victory! It takes guts to stick to your guns and the team, particularly Froome, had said that the Giro would be decided in the 3rd week…I wonder if they had planned to leave it so late?!
The Giro was action packed from start to finish and each stage had its own highlights–asides from the Sky train there were 2 other teams that had a fantastic race taking home 8 stage wins between them, four each!
The #WolfPack, otherwise known Quick-Step Floors dominated the sprints with the flying Italian! Elia Viviani claimed 4 stage wins and added to his team’s already very successful 2018, with 80 wins already.
Mitchelton Scott, dominated the high mountains and despite stage 19, where everything came unstuck, the team were superb. Simon Yates, took three stages and wore the Maglia Rosa for the majority of the 3 weeks! Mikel Nieve secured a memorable win on Stage 20, a special birthday gift and an experienced ride from a rider who has been at the top for a long time. The team also had one of the revelations of the Giro, remember the name Jack Haig we are sure we will be hearing a lot more of this rider in the future.
With that, it’s time to sign out of the Giro 2018! It sure has set the standard very high for Grand Tour racing in 2018 and we cannot wait to see what the Tour de France has in store.