23.05.2019
Cuneo-Pinerolo
158 km
A historical stage: In 1949 Fausto Coppi won the 254 km long 17th stage between Cuneo and Pinerolo with a grandious  cca. 200 km long solo attack. Today’s stage will be much more easier (and shorter), but finally  there is a climb in the program.

Well, I might say again and louder:

There is a climb! A category 1 climb!

After two stages of total boredom, it’s like a sip of water in the middle of the desert.

There is no other climb on this stage except that very short, but very steep (500 m and 13,2%) ascent almost at the end of the day. It would favour rather for breakaway riders, especially because after the Montoso there are still 32 km to go till the finish line.

The teams with the GC-riders won’t waste energy for chasing the escape probably. So, Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Giulio Ciccone and Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) Louis Vervaeke (Team Sunweb), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R), Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin), Matteo Montaguti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) or even Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) could be the man of the day.

Yes, Ulissi too, because Valerio Conti most likely won’t able to keep his pink jersey today, the team won’t try to keep it either, so Ulissi will be allowed to go for a stage win.

I’ve said before, that the GC-riders won’t fight for the stage probably, but there will be a battle (at least a small one) for the pink jersey for sure. I tip today Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) to reconquer the first place he has lost (intentionally) at the stage 6.

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