Maglia Nera Stage 17

By: Gavin Gould May 29

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Stage 17 Sarnonico – Vittorio Veneto 208km

There was a lot of complaining from directors sportif this morning after yesterday’s e-word stage.

Talk of time penalties, neutralization, etc. Not sure how many of the riders felt that way but I guess some of ‘em were of the opinion that the descent of the Stelvio had been neutralized and Quintana/Rolland/Hesjedal attacked on that neutralized descent. Supposedly it had been announced on race radio that motos would hold out red flags and the riders should not pass them. Some riders said they didn’t get that information on their radios, some said they saw no flags…

On to stage 17, which was fairly flat and a good opportunity for a massive break to go. So one did, 20+ riders, but all of them were well down on GC so none of the top 10 riders’ teams felt compelled to chase instead of rest. The break stayed away, and everyone else rolled in fifteen and a half minutes later, unworried.

For Jetse, nothing changed. Just a few more days to ride, but personally I kinda hope he goes on the attack or into a break. In the right situation, it could help Wilco Kelderman who’s currently in 8th but only 55 seconds off the podium.



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