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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 83:17:13
2DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb 1:51
3FROOME ChristopherTeam Sky2:24
4ROGLIC PrimozTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:22
5KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo6:08
6BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale6:57
7LANDA MikelMovistar Team7:37
8MARTIN DanielUAE-Team Emirates9:05
9ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha - Alpecin12:37
10QUINTANA NairoMovistar Team14:18
11JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors16:32
12FUGLSANG JakobAstana Pro Team19:46
13LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale22:13
14VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team27:26
15BERNAL Egan ArleyTeam Sky27:52
16KANGERT TanelAstana Pro Team34:52
17BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic37:06
18POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team39:08
19MAJKA RafałBORA - hansgrohe39:57
20CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team42:31
21MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert44:18
22IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team46:36
23NIEVE MikelMitchelton-Scott49:19
24IZAGIRRE GorkaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team50:02
25GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb 50:15
26MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo1:06:33
27ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:09:09
28VAN AVERMAET GregBMC Racing Team1:10:14
29YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott1:17:35
30CALMEJANE LilianDirect Energie1:18:09
31GESINK RobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:21:13
32VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC Racing Team1:23:05
33ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors1:28:08
34GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ1:30:01
35BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo1:34:12
36MARTINEZ Daniel FelipeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:38:38
37TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:39:01
38MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ1:47:36
39CHAVANEL SylvainDirect Energie1:47:47
40ĐURASEK KristijanUAE-Team Emirates1:48:06
41VICHOT ArthurGroupama - FDJ1:51:19
42BOUET MaximeTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:58:08
43EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:58:54
44VALGREN MichaelAstana Pro Team1:59:20
45NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:00:32
46IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott2:00:53
47HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:01:52
48MOINARD AmaëlTeam Fortuneo - Samsic2:03:20
49KWIATKOWSKI MichalTeam Sky2:05:29
50AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team2:05:38
51TEN DAM LaurensTeam Sunweb 2:06:22
52ANDERSEN Søren KraghTeam Sunweb 2:06:23
53KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team2:07:14
54DEGAND ThomasWanty - Groupe Gobert2:09:54
55FRANK MathiasAG2R La Mondiale2:10:29
56HANSEN JesperAstana Pro Team2:10:33
57FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team2:10:59
58POELS WoutTeam Sky2:13:23
59SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data2:13:58
60PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team2:17:32
61KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:17:52
62SOLER MarcMovistar Team2:18:51
63STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo2:20:24
64MINNAARD MarcoWanty - Groupe Gobert2:20:31
65DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal2:24:41
66NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale2:29:36
67ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb 2:32:02
68CORT Magnus Astana Pro Team2:32:26
69ATAPUMA John DarwinUAE-Team Emirates2:35:47
70CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky2:36:06
71SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe2:38:08
72HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb 2:39:40
73SICARD RomainDirect Energie2:42:53
74LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ2:45:40
75VERMOTE JulienTeam Dimension Data2:45:57
76MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe2:46:13
77ERVITI ImañolMovistar Team2:47:46
78DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo2:48:29
79BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:51:47
80LAMPAERT YvesQuick-Step Floors2:52:37
81MARTENS PaulTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:52:46
82SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo2:53:41
83DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale2:55:15
84BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data2:57:00
85PEREZ AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:58:56
86GESBERT ElieTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:00:48
87POLITT NilsTeam Katusha - Alpecin3:00:54
88THEUNS EdwardTeam Sunweb 3:02:15
89BOUDAT ThomasDirect Energie3:04:07
90SCHÄR MichaelBMC Racing Team3:04:14
91OFFREDO YoannWanty - Groupe Gobert3:04:27
92BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe3:04:48
93COUSIN JérômeDirect Energie3:05:34
94POLJANSKI PawelBORA - hansgrohe3:07:14
95PASQUALON AndreaWanty - Groupe Gobert3:09:34
96LEDANOIS KévinTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:11:55
97SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert3:12:24
98PICHON LaurentTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:12:46
99VACHON FlorianTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:13:47
100CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:15:40
101SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:15:55
102KOREN KristijanBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team3:16:54
103MARCZYŃSKI TomaszLotto Soudal3:19:10
104BENNATI DanieleMovistar Team3:19:22
105HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:19:49
106SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates3:21:22
107GERRANS SimonBMC Racing Team3:21:37
108HAYMAN MathewMitchelton-Scott3:21:55
109COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
110JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data3:24:25
111DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo3:26:35
112OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe3:32:29
113GOGL MichaelTrek - Segafredo3:32:54
114KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE-Team Emirates3:33:33
115VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:34:17
116TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:36:11
117HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott3:36:30
118DURBRIDGE LukeMitchelton-Scott3:37:21
119TERPSTRA NikiQuick-Step Floors3:37:31
120GRELLIER FabienDirect Energie3:37:56
121BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott3:39:02
122BODNAR MaciejBORA - hansgrohe3:39:20
123VAN KEIRSBULCK GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert3:40:30
124LAPORTE ChristopheCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:41:55
125HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team3:42:24
126MARCATO MarcoUAE-Team Emirates3:42:54
127LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ3:49:03
128ROWE LukeTeam Sky3:50:55
129SCULLY ThomasTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:50:59
130CLAEYS DimitriCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:51:15
131DUPONT TimothyWanty - Groupe Gobert3:51:16
132PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe3:56:53
133TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates3:57:02
134SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ3:58:01
135RICHEZE MaximilianoQuick-Step Floors3:58:58
136PHINNEY TaylorTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:59:07
137ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:01:05
138FERRARI RobertoUAE-Team Emirates4:01:34
139JANSEN Amund GrondahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:02:04
140GAUDIN DamienDirect Energie4:02:07
141DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ4:08:18
142DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal4:08:54
143THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data4:09:49
144GUARNIERI JacopoGroupama - FDJ4:12:29
145CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:34:19

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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