Stage 14 – Giro D’Italia
A big stage that will shape the General Classification for the final week. It’s a brutal one today and there are many in with chances.
Chaves and Kruijswijk are two riders that look at the very top of their game. Both riders will be eyeing up a big result, as positions on the podium certainly seem up for grabs. Neither rider will have huge support towards the end of the stage, but that doesn’t seem to bother them. Such a tough looking stage is good news for both of them.
Here’s a lowdown on my picks:
The finish is ideal for Alejandro Valverde, as long as he can stay with all the attacks. He is yet to win a stage, despite many stages suiting him. He will hope that his team ride for him, but that won’t happen until Amador gets dropped, which may happen early in the day
Esteban Chaves looks in great form and has been enjoyable to watch. He has coped very well with all the climbs and doesn’t mind attacking himself. He is a little bit down on GC, so not an immediate threat to Nibali. That could be crucial if a small group of favourites approach the finish together.
A breakaway is likely to give it a good go and Movistar may send Giovanni Visconti up the road in the hope he is there at the end to assist Valverde or Amador. He may even be able to grab a stage win for himself at big odds.