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Giro d’Italia

A Tour de France victory does not guarantee success at the Giro d’Italia.

Just ask Louison Bobet.

In the mid 1950s Bobet was the world’s top stage racer, having become the first man to win three consecutive Tours de France in the postwar period (1953, 1954, 1955). For 1957, Bobet set upon a new challenge. He wanted to become the first Frenchman to win the Giro d’Italia, opting to race the Italian tour instead of the Tour de France that year. Bobet had previously struggled at the Giro, finishing 7th in 1951 and abandoning in 1953. This time, however, he had a plan.

Bobet took the lead early in the race, and eventually surrendered the maglia rosa to alleviate the pressure on his team. He planned to win it back during the race’s final week, which featured punishing stages in the Alps.

On the final climbing stage, Bobet dropped race leader, Italian Gastone Nencini, on the steep summit finish to Monte Bondone. The Giro seemed to be in his hands. And then, the tides turned. First, Italian tifosi began to push Nencini up the steep slopes. And then, Luxembourger Charly Gaul dropped back to pace the Italian rider up to Bobet—it was revenge for Bobet attacking Gaul during a nature break several stages before.

Bobet lost the Giro by just 19 seconds, and learned a valuable lesson: Tour de France winners are fair game at the Giro.

Such a lesson could be on display in 2018 as Chris Froome looks to add a Giro d’Italia victory to his growing palmares. Froome is on a mission to rewrite history. A Giro d’Italia win would mark his third-straight grand tour victory. It would also elevate him into the elite class of men to have won all three grand tours: Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Alberto Contador, and Vincenzo Nibali.

On paper, Froome enters the race as the outright favorite. His Sky team boasts the largest budget in the WorldTour; some of his domestiques are strong enough to themselves challenge for grand tour glory. And Froome’s four Tour de France and one Vuelta a España victories are proof that he has the legs, lungs, and temperament to win any grand tour.

But this is the Giro — the race of chaos.

One could write thousands of words about the Giro’s long history of bedlam and unforeseen disasters. The Italian peloton attacks with relentless aggression. Pacts are made on the road. And every year the Italian grand tour serves up unpredictable hurdles that can derail even the most seasoned stage racers. While other races have strived for control and calm, even the modern Giro is a race of turmoil.

In 2014 the peloton slowed on the descent of the Stelvio, believing that race officials had neutralized the downhill due to heavy snow. The lull allowed Nairo Quintana to escape and snatch the maglia rosa from Rigoberto Urán. Race organizers allowed the result and winning gap to stand.

In 2015 a spectator rode his fixed-gear bicycle into the peloton; the ensuing crash destroyed Domenico Pozzovivo’s chances at the overall. In 2016 a waist-high snow bank on the Colle dell’Agnelo became a hurdle too great for race leader Steven Kruijswijk; the Dutch rider catapulted into the snow and saw his slim lead vanish.

And who could forget the chaos of last year’s Giro? On stage 9 a poorly parked police motorcycle caused a catastrophic pileup that derailed the GC ambitions of Teams Sky and Orica-Scott, and weakened Team Sunweb. Then, Tom Dumoulin had to fight through diarrhea at the base of the Umbrail Pass to protect his lead. The image of Dumoulin sprinting into a roadside ditch to relieve his gastrointestinal pain will live on in Giro lore.

For a champion of Froome’s level, the Tour de France is a controlled and predictable race. To win, a champion must simply excel on the climbs and time trials and then rely on his team to keep him out of harm’s way. That’s not the case with the Giro d’Italia. Lurking around every corner is the opportunity for a crash. Directions from the race organizer can be ignored or followed. The finicky springtime weather may dump rain and even snow onto the peloton at any moment. And even the best-laid plans for the maglia rosa can vanish in a snow bank, or in a crowd of excited tifosi.

Such was the fate of Kruijswijk, Urán, and Pozzovivo. And yes, it even happened to Bobet. Will Chris Froome suffer a similar fate, or will he tame the unpredictable Giro? It’s the story to follow at this year’s race.

STAGE DATE LOCATION DISTANCE REPORT
1 05/04/2018 Jerusalem to Jerusalem 9.7km REPORT / PHOTOS
2 05/05/2018 Haifa to Tel Aviv, Israel 167km REPORT / PHOTOS
3 05/06/2018 Be'er Sheva to Eilat, Israel 229km REPORT / PHOTOS
4 05/08/2018 Catania to Caltagirone 191km REPORT / PHOTOS
5 05/09/2018 Agrigento to Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice) 152km REPORT / PHOTOS
6 05/10/2018 Caltanissetta to Etna 163km REPORT / PHOTOS
7 05/11/2018 Pizzo to Praia a Mare 159km REPORT / PHOTOS
8 05/12/2018 Praia a Mare to Montevergine di Mercogliano 208km REPORT / PHOTOS
9 05/13/2018 Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso d'Italia (Campo Imperatore) 224km REPORT / PHOTOS
10 05/15/2018 Penne to Gualdo Tadino 239km REPORT / PHOTOS
11 05/16/2018 Assisi to Osimo 156km REPORT / PHOTOS
12 05/17/2018 Osimo to Imola 213km REPORT / PHOTOS
13 05/18/2018 Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia 180km REPORT / PHOTOS
14 05/19/2018 San Vito al Tagliamento to Monte Zoncolan 181km REPORT / PHOTOS
15 05/20/2018 Tolmezzo to Sappada 176km REPORT / PHOTOS
16 05/22/2018 Trento to Rovereto (time trial) 34.5km REPORT / PHOTOS
17 05/23/2018 Riva del Garda to Iseo 155km REPORT / PHOTOS
18 05/24/2018 Abbiategrasso to Prato Nevoso 196km REPORT / PHOTOS
19 05/25/2018 Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia 181km REPORT / PHOTOS
20 05/26/2018 Susa to Cervinia 214km REPORT / PHOTOS
21 05/27/2018 Roma to Roma 118km REPORT / PHOTOS
RankNameTeamTime
1VAN AVERMAET GregBMC Racing Team 36:07:17
2THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky0:43
3GILBERT PhilippeQuick-Step Floors0:44
4JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors0:50
5VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team1:31
6MAJKA RafałBORA - hansgrohe1:32
7FUGLSANG JakobAstana Pro Team1:33
8FROOME ChristopherTeam Sky1:42
9YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott,,
10LANDA MikelMovistar Team,,
11ANDERSEN Søren KraghTeam Sunweb 1:43
12NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:48
13ROGLIC PrimozTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:57
14MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo1:58
15DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb 2:03
16KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:06
17BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale2:32
18BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic2:37
19ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:42
20POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team2:48
21QUINTANA NairoMovistar Team2:50
22URAN RigobertoTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:53
23SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe3:08
24MARTIN DanielUAE-Team Emirates3:22
25ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:21
26NIEVE MikelMitchelton-Scott4:41
27CHAVANEL SylvainDirect Energie4:42
28CALMEJANE LilianDirect Energie5:01
29PAUWELS SergeTeam Dimension Data5:12
30VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC Racing Team6:05
31BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data,,
32KANGERT TanelAstana Pro Team6:39
33IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott6:54
34BOUET MaximeTeam Fortuneo - Samsic7:00
35IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team8:22
36BOUDAT ThomasDirect Energie8:43
37BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe8:53
38MOINARD AmaëlTeam Fortuneo - Samsic9:06
39LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale9:20
40CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team9:21
41DURASEK KristijanUAE-Team Emirates9:31
42GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb 9:37
43CORT NIELSEN Magnus Astana Pro Team10:19
44MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert11:09
45NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale11:16
46STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo12:00
47BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo12:13
48KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team13:50
49ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors13:59
50POLITT NilsTeam Katusha - Alpecin14:25
51HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb 14:58
52GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale15:33
53DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo15:44
54AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team15:47
55JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data16:16
56SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data17:19
57FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team17:50
58BERNAL Egan ArleyTeam Sky17:52
59KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE-Team Emirates18:14
60KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha - Alpecin18:31
61VICHOT ArthurGroupama - FDJ19:20
62THEUNS EdwardTeam Sunweb 20:19
63VUILLERMOZ AlexisAG2R La Mondiale20:23
64SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits20:29
65PASQUALON AndreaWanty - Groupe Gobert20:38
66PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team20:46
67VANENDERT JelleLotto Soudal21:03
68MINNAARD MarcoWanty - Groupe Gobert21:17
69FRANK MathiasAG2R La Mondiale21:22
70GESINK RobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
71DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo21:33
72LAMPAERT YvesQuick-Step Floors21:50
73GOGL MichaelTrek - Segafredo22:05
74COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team22:12
75OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe22:54
76VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale23:06
77ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team23:20
78GAVIRIA FernandoQuick-Step Floors24:01
79MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ24:10
80TAARAMÄE ReinDirect Energie24:11
81DEGAND ThomasWanty - Groupe Gobert24:21
82IZAGIRRE GorkaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team24:47
83HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic24:48
84GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ25:02
85KOREN KristijanBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team25:04
86KEUKELEIRE JensLotto Soudal26:18
87MARCATO MarcoUAE-Team Emirates26:31
88SOLER MarcMovistar Team26:36
89DURBRIDGE LukeMitchelton-Scott26:38
90MARTINEZ Daniel FelipeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale26:47
91HAYMAN MathewMitchelton-Scott26:52
92LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ27:06
93BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott27:20
94SICARD RomainDirect Energie27:36
95VERMOTE JulienTeam Dimension Data28:05
96COUSIN JérômeDirect Energie28:08
97MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe28:16
98MARTENS PaulTeam LottoNL-Jumbo28:19
99VACHON FlorianTeam Fortuneo - Samsic28:21
100HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team28:32
101SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo29:11
102ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb 29:14
103DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale29:18
104OFFREDO YoannWanty - Groupe Gobert29:37
105EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits30:08
106VALGREN MichaelAstana Pro Team30:17
107KWIATKOWSKI MichalTeam Sky30:24
108SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert30:35
109DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal30:47
110PICHON LaurentTeam Fortuneo - Samsic31:22
111HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott32:24
112MOSCON GianniTeam Sky32:25
113TEN DAM LaurensTeam Sunweb 32:30
114POLJANSKI PawelBORA - hansgrohe32:40
115ATAPUMA John DarwinUAE-Team Emirates32:43
116GRUZDEV DmitriyAstana Pro Team33:01
117DUPONT TimothyWanty - Groupe Gobert34:50
118PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe35:31
119SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ35:36
120HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits35:52
121SCULLY ThomasTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale35:53
122TERPSTRA NikiQuick-Step Floors36:04
123DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ36:15
124RICHEZE Ariel MaximilianoQuick-Step Floors36:24
125LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ36:48
126TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates36:50
127MARCZYNSKI TomaszLotto Soudal37:03
128GREIPEL AndréLotto Soudal37:24
129CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale37:26
130GESBERT ElieTeam Fortuneo - Samsic37:40
131DECLERCQ TimQuick-Step Floors38:15
132CAVENDISH MarkTeam Dimension Data38:42
133VAN KEIRSBULCK GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert39:01
134PHINNEY TaylorTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale40:05
135TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo40:33
136FERRARI RobertoUAE-Team Emirates41:09
137SCHAR MichaelBMC Racing Team41:20
138GERRANS SimonBMC Racing Team41:37
139ROWE LukeTeam Sky41:57
140LEDANOIS KévinTeam Fortuneo - Samsic42:07
141SIEBERG MarcelLotto Soudal42:54
142GAUDIN DamienDirect Energie43:19
143LAPORTE ChristopheCofidis, Solutions Crédits43:43
144BEVIN PatrickBMC Racing Team43:50
145POELS WoutTeam Sky43:53
146NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits45:03
147BENNATI DanieleMovistar Team45:13
148BODNAR MaciejBORA - hansgrohe45:55
149BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha - Alpecin47:01
150ZABEL RickTeam Katusha - Alpecin47:08
151SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates48:20
152CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky48:38
153GRELLIER FabienDirect Energie49:33
154PEREZ AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits49:44
155GUARNIERI JacopoGroupama - FDJ50:17
156HANSEN JesperAstana Pro Team50:21
157ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo52:31
158CLAEYS DimitriCofidis, Solutions Crédits52:58
159HOWSON DamienMitchelton-Scott53:14
160DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal54:40
161GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo55:51
162JANSEN Amund GrondahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo57:06
163RENSHAW MarkTeam Dimension Data57:12
164TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits58:05
165KITTEL MarcelTeam Katusha - Alpecin59:58
166THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data1:02:29
167CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:20:01

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

Sunweb

1. Tom Dumoulin (NED)
2. Roy Curvers (NED)
3. Chad Haga (USA)
4. Chris Hamilton (AUS)
5. Lennard Hofstede (NED)
6. Sam Oomen (NED)
7. Laurens ten Dam (NED)
8. Louis Vervaeke (BEL)

Ag2r La Mondiale

11. Alexandre Geniez (FRA)
12. François Bidard (FRA)
13. Mikaël Chérel (FRA)
14. Nico Denz (GER)
15. Hubert Dupont (FRA)
16. Quentin Jaurégui (FRA)
17. Matteo Montaguti (ITA)
18. Clément Venturini (FRA)

Androni

21. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA)
22. Davide Ballerini (ITA)
23. Manuel Belletti (ITA)
24. Mattia Cattaneo (ITA)
25. Marco Frapporti (ITA)
26. Fausto Masnada (ITA)
27. Rodolfo Torres (COl)
28. Andrea Vendrame (ITA)

Astana

31. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL)
32. Pello Bilbao (ESP)
33. Jan Hirt (CZE)
34. Tanel Kangert (EST)
35. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)
36. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP)
37. Davide Villella (ITA)
38. Andrey Zeits (KAZ)

Bahrain-Merida

41. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA)
42. Manuele Boaro (ITA)
43. Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA)
44. Matej Mohoric (SLO)
45. Antonio Nibali (ITA)
46. Domen Novak (SLO)
47. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BIE)
48. Giovanni Visconti (ITA)

Bardiani-CSF

51. Giulio Ciccone (ITA)
52. Simone Andreetta (ITA)
53. Enrico Barbin (ITA)
54. Andrea Guardini (ITA)
55. Mirco Maestri (ITA)
56. Manuel Senni (ITA)
57. Paolo Simion (ITA)
58. Alessandro Tonelli (ITA)

BMC

61. Rohan Dennis (AUS)
62. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA)
63. Jempy Drucker (LUX)
64. Kilian Frankiny (SUI)
65. Nicolas Roche (IRL)
66. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL)
67. Francisco Ventoso (ESP)
68. Loïc Vliegen (BEL)

Bora-Hansgrohe

71. Davide Formolo (ITA)
72. Cesare Benedetti (ITA)
73. Sam Bennett (IRL)
74. Felix Grossschartner (AUT)
75. Patrick Konrad (AUT)
76. Christoph Pfingsten (GER)
77. Andreas Schillinger (GER)
78. Rudi Selig (GER)

Groupama-FDJ

81. Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
82. William Bonnet (FRA)
83. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA)
84. Steve Morabito (SUI)
85. Georg Preidler (AUT)
86. Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI)
87. Anthony Roux (FRA)
88. Jérémy Roy (FRA)

Israel Cycling Academy

91. Ben Hermans (BEL)
92. Guillaume Boivin (CAN)
93. Zakkari Dempster (AUS)
94. Krits Neilands (LAT)
95. Guy Niv (ISR)
96. Ruben Plaza (ESP)
97. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA)
98. Guy Sagiv (ISR)

Lotto Fix All

101. Tim Wellens (BEL)
102. Sander Armée (BEL)
103. Lars Bak (DEN)
104. Victor Campenaerts (BEL)
105. Jens Debusschere (BEL)
106. Adam Hansen (AUS)
107. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL)
109. Frederik Frison (BEL)

Mitchelton-Scott

111. Esteban Chaves (COL)
112. Sam Bewley (NZL)
113. Jack Haig (AUS)
114. Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN)
115. Roman Kreuziger (CZE)
116. Mikel Nieve (ESP)
117. Svein Tuft (CAN)
118. Simon Yates (GBR)

Movistar

121. Carlos Betancur (COL)
122. Richard Carapaz (EQU)
123. Victor De la Parte (ESP)
124. Ruben Fernandez (ESP)
125. Antonio Pedrero (ESP)
126. Dayer Quintana (COL)
127. Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG)
128. Rafael Valls (ESP)

Quick-Step Floors

131. Elia Viviani (ITA)
132. Eros Capecchi (ITA)
133. Rémi Cavagna (FRA)
134. Michael Morkov (DEN)
135. Fabio Sabatini (ITA)
136. Maximilian Schachmann (GER)
137. Florian Sénéchal (FRA)
138. Zdenek Stybar (CZE)

Dimension Data

141. Louis Meintjes (RSA)
142. Igor Anton (ESP)
143. Natnael Berhane (ERI)
144. Ryan Gibbons (RSA)
145. Benjamin King (USA)
146. Ben O’Connor (AUS)
147. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
148. Jaco Venter (RSA)

EF Education First-Drapac

151. Michael Woods (CAN)
152. Tom Scully (NZL)
153. Hugh Carthy (GBR)
154. Mitchell Docker (AUS)
155. Joe Dombrowski (USA)
156. Sacha Modolo (ITA)
157. Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL)
158. Nate Brown (USA)

Katusha-Alpecin

161. Maxim Belkov (RUS)
162. Alex Dowsett (GBR)
163. José Goncalves (POR)
164. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS)
165. Maurits Lammertink (NED)
166. Tony Martin (GER)
167. Baptiste Planckaert (BEL)
168. Mads Würtz Schmidt (DEN)

LottoNL-Jumbo

171. Enrico Battaglin (ITA)
172. George Bennett (NZL)
173. Koen Bouwman (NED)
174. Jos van Emden (NED)
175. Robert Gesink (NED)
176. Gijs van Hoecke (BEL)
177. Bert-Jan Lindeman (NED)
178. Danny Van Poppel (NED)

Team Sky

181. Chris Froome (GBR)
182. David De la Cruz (ESP)
183. Kenny Elissonde (FRA)
184. Sergio Henao (COL)
185. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
186. Christian Knees (GER)
187. Wout Poels (NED)
188. Salvatore Puccio (ITA)

Trek-Segafredo

191. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA)
192. Laurent Didier (LUX)
193. Niklas Eg (DEN)
194. Markel Irizar (ESP)
195. Ryan Mullen (IRL)
196. Jarlinson Pantano (COL)
197. Boy Van Poppel (NED)
198. Mads Pedersen (DEN)

UAE Team Emirates

201. Fabio Aru (ITA)
202. Darwin Atapuma (COL)
203. Valerio Conti (ITA)
204. Vegard Laengen (NOR)
205. Marco Marcato (ITA)
206. Manuele Mori (ITA)
207. Jan Polanc (SLO)
208. Diego Ulissi (ITA)

Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia

211. Jakub Mareczko (ITA)
212. Liam Bertazzo (ITA)
213. Marco Coledan (ITA)
214. Giuseppe Fonzi (ITA)
215. Jacopo Mosca (ITA)
216. Alex Turrin (ITA)
217. Edoardo Zardini (ITA)
218. Eugert Zhupa (ALB)

Check back for full coverage once the race is underway.

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