Stage 18 Belluno – Rifugio Panarotta 171km
This was a pretty bonkers stage, heavy on the climbing. Some skinny dudes went uphill really fast, it was cool. Trek Factory Racing’s Julián Arredondo got the stage win he’d been hunting for and padded the hell out of his KOM lead by being first to the top of all three climbs.
Our man Jetse in the Maglia Nera rolled in with the grupetto at +31:58.
Stage 19 Bassano del Grappa – Cima Grappa TT 26.8km
Individual time trials are sometimes boring, but this one was actually pretty interesting to watch since it consisted of about 7km of flat and then 20km of steep climb. Some riders opted to just ride their regular bike the whole route, some took a full TT bike for the flat section then got a bike change for the remainder. Europcar’s Pierre Rolland had the combination of his regular road bike with clip-on TT bars. I didn’t actually see this happen, but I’m guessing cyclocross star Francis Mourey did a flying remount… Mourey finished 15th on the stage, very impressive. Jetse Bol came in 141st at +13:43, and now lies almost 5 hours in arrears.
Congrats to Jetse’s Belkin teammate Jos Van Emden who stopped in the middle of the TT to propose to his girlfriend, and she said yes!