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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
1THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky 53:10:38
2FROOME ChristopherTeam Sky1:39
3DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb 1:50
4ROGLIC PrimozTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:46
5BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale3:07
6LANDA MikelMovistar Team3:13
7KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:43
8QUINTANA NairoMovistar Team4:13
9MARTIN DanielUAE-Team Emirates5:11
10FUGLSANG JakobAstana Pro Team5:45
11VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team9:07
12JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors9:09
13ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha - Alpecin9:37
14NIEVE MikelMitchelton-Scott15:28
15LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale16:41
16MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert18:39
17KANGERT TanelAstana Pro Team20:41
18BERNAL Egan ArleyTeam Sky23:30
19BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic23:55
20MAJKA RafałBORA - hansgrohe30:46
21YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott36:18
22MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo37:39
23IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team37:55
24PAUWELS SergeTeam Dimension Data38:43
25CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team39:18
26POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team41:11
27VAN AVERMAET GregBMC Racing Team44:46
28GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb 47:46
29ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale49:40
30CALMEJANE LilianDirect Energie52:40
31GESINK RobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo52:48
32VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC Racing Team53:26
33GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ53:40
34VICHOT ArthurGroupama - FDJ58:22
35MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ59:00
36IZAGIRRE GorkaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team59:24
37BOUET MaximeTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:03:17
38MOINARD AmaëlTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:04:03
39BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo1:04:59
40ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors1:06:13
41ANDERSEN Søren KraghTeam Sunweb 1:06:52
42KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:09:02
43CHAVANEL SylvainDirect Energie1:09:24
44FRANK MathiasAG2R La Mondiale1:09:28
45MARTINEZ Daniel FelipeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:11:56
46KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team1:11:57
47TEN DAM LaurensTeam Sunweb 1:12:07
48GILBERT PhilippeQuick-Step Floors1:12:46
49DURASEK KristijanUAE-Team Emirates1:13:16
50HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:14:25
51VALGREN MichaelAstana Pro Team1:17:33
52PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:18:17
53NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale1:18:24
54TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:18:29
55IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott1:19:09
56SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data1:20:40
57NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:20:52
58KWIATKOWSKI MichalTeam Sky1:21:07
59MINNAARD MarcoWanty - Groupe Gobert1:21:40
60SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe1:23:17
61POELS WoutTeam Sky1:23:23
62STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo1:24:32
63ATAPUMA John DarwinUAE-Team Emirates1:24:38
64HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb 1:25:51
65AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team1:25:58
66EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:26:34
67DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo1:27:46
68BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data1:28:28
69DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal1:28:45
70CORT NIELSEN Magnus Astana Pro Team1:29:02
71DEGAND ThomasWanty - Groupe Gobert1:29:08
72ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb 1:29:45
73PASQUALON AndreaWanty - Groupe Gobert1:31:01
74BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe1:31:13
75FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team1:32:30
76LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ1:33:15
77BOUDAT ThomasDirect Energie1:34:17
78SICARD RomainDirect Energie1:34:40
79HANSEN JesperAstana Pro Team1:35:52
80SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:36:00
81MARTENS PaulTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:36:12
82GESBERT ElieTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:36:21
83SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo1:36:37
84BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:37:11
85VANENDERT JelleLotto Soudal1:37:22
86POLITT NilsTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:39:09
87JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data1:39:30
88DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo1:39:54
89OFFREDO YoannWanty - Groupe Gobert1:40:13
90ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team1:40:18
91LAMPAERT YvesQuick-Step Floors1:40:33
92THEUNS EdwardTeam Sunweb 1:40:45
93KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE-Team Emirates1:41:56
94GOGL MichaelTrek - Segafredo,,
95VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:41:58
96DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale1:42:35
97SOLER MarcMovistar Team1:42:58
98COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:43:56
99MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe1:44:26
100OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe1:45:09
101POLJANSKI PawelBORA - hansgrohe1:45:33
102CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky1:46:31
103SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert1:46:53
104HAYMAN MathewMitchelton-Scott1:47:38
105SCHAR MichaelBMC Racing Team1:47:42
106PICHON LaurentTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:48:27
107COUSIN JérômeDirect Energie,,
108KOREN KristijanBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:49:23
109MARCZYNSKI TomaszLotto Soudal1:49:30
110PEREZ AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:49:57
111VACHON FlorianTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:50:23
112CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:52:04
113VERMOTE JulienTeam Dimension Data1:52:16
114MOSCON GianniTeam Sky1:53:38
115HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:53:46
116BEVIN PatrickBMC Racing Team1:54:25
117MARCATO MarcoUAE-Team Emirates1:55:11
118DURBRIDGE LukeMitchelton-Scott1:56:17
119HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:56:38
120BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott1:56:47
121LEDANOIS KévinTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:57:09
122HOWSON DamienMitchelton-Scott1:58:02
123SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates1:58:22
124DECLERCQ TimQuick-Step Floors1:58:33
125GERRANS SimonBMC Racing Team1:58:54
126PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe1:59:09
127LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ1:59:13
128DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ2:02:38
129SCULLY ThomasTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:02:55
130PHINNEY TaylorTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:03:19
131ROWE LukeTeam Sky2:04:28
132SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ2:05:05
133TERPSTRA NikiQuick-Step Floors2:05:50
134VAN KEIRSBULCK GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert2:06:09
135TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates2:06:43
136BENNATI DanieleMovistar Team2:07:37
137RICHEZE Ariel MaximilianoQuick-Step Floors2:07:52
138DUPONT TimothyWanty - Groupe Gobert2:08:06
139FERRARI RobertoUAE-Team Emirates2:08:09
140HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott2:08:50
141CLAEYS DimitriCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:09:11
142LAPORTE ChristopheCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:09:19
143BODNAR MaciejBORA - hansgrohe2:10:32
144GAUDIN DamienDirect Energie2:13:10
145GRELLIER FabienDirect Energie2:15:50
146GUARNIERI JacopoGroupama - FDJ2:20:20
147TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:20:31
148DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal2:20:39
149JANSEN Amund GrondahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:26:12
150ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:27:37
151THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data2:27:39
152CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2:36:36

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)

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