Nairo Quintana knows he'll need a solid lead in the Giro's overall classification before Sunday's final time trial.
Thursday's stage 18 contains five climbs and could potentially shake up the GC standings.
A second maglia rosa suddenly looks much more realistic for Nairo Quintana than it did Tuesday morning.
The Colombian is targeting the climbs in the Giro d'Italia this week as the race makes its final push toward the finish in Milan.
With the Giro's Milan finish days away, the climbers in the peloton must make up some time on race leader and TT specialist Tom Dumoulin.
Nairo Quintana averted disaster in a late-race crash Sunday, and bounced back to take a finish-line time bonus on Giro's 15th stage.
Will Nairo Quintana once again fall short in a grand tour against a superior time trialist who can climb?
Nairo Quintana's Movistar team says that Tom Dumoulin is likely to take the pink jersey in the Giro's stage 10 time trial.
Nairo Quintana's rivals licking their chops over Giro d'Italia's stage 10 time trial, likely their best chance to take the pink jersey.
Will Team Sky try to make the Giro d’Italia so hard that Nairo Quintana will be worn out for July’s Tour de France?