2017 Giro d'Italia

Stage 17: Tirano to Canazei

The stage features an intermediate level of difficulty. The course starts off with the Aprica ascent and the Passo del Tonale. After a long descent in Val di Sole and Val di Non the route climbs up in Val di Cembra and then in Val di Fiemme and Fassa. The final 70km run mildly uphill leading into the finish possibly with a few riders sprint.

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Stage 17: Rolland gives breakaway the slip

Pierre Rolland

Two years after his Cannondale-Drapac team’s last grand tour stage win, Pierre Rolland soloed to victory Wednesday in stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia. The Frenchman infiltrated a massive all-day breakaway on a 219km transition stage to Canazei. After the attacks flew in the final 15 kilometers, Rolland timed his escape perfectly, riding alone to the win. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) was second, and Rory Sutherland (Movistar) sprinted to third.

“It’s just so happy. I waited for this moment so long time,” said Rolland. “In 2015, I finished second in the Tour de France stage, and last year is just one complicated year for me. I crashed two times in the Tour de France. It’s a long wait.”

The overall standings remained unchanged. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) remains in the pink jersey with a narrow lead, 31 seconds to Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Top 10, stage 17

  • 1. Pierre ROLLAND, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, in 5:42:56
  • 2. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, UAE ABU DHABI, at :24
  • 3. Gorka IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 4. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :24
  • 5. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :24
  • 6. Dries DEVENYNS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :24
  • 7. Felix GROSSSCHARTNER, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :24
  • 8. Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ, TEAM DIMENSION DATA, at :24
  • 9. Michael WOODS, CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM, at :24
  • 10. Julien BERARD, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :24

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Tom DUMOULIN, TEAM SUNWEB, in 76:05:38
  • 2. Nairo QUINTANA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :31
  • 3. Vincenzo NIBALI, BAHRAIN – MERIDA, at 1:12
  • 4. Thibaut PINOT, FDJ, at 2:38
  • 5. Ilnur ZAKARIN, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 2:40
  • 6. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 3:05
  • 7. Bauke MOLLEMA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 3:49
  • 8. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at 4:35
  • 9. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 6:20
  • 10. Jan POLANC, UAE ABU DHABI, at 6:33

Three categorized climbs punctuated the first half of the stage. Rolland made the early move and was first to the top of the Aprica and Passo del Tonale climbs.

After the stage’s first two challenges, Rolland decided to drop back to a chase group of about 40 riders, which included his teammate, Mike Woods. Eventually, the chase caught the two leaders, Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) and Pavel Brutt (Rusvelo).

“The big group is never easy to manage it’s like a lottery. At the end everyone is dead,” said Rolland.

With a lead of about nine minutes on the peloton, 25 kilometers from the finish, the breakaway riders knew they’d stay away. So, the attacks began. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) had a promising solo escape, but he was caught.

Rolland made the winning attack with about 7.5km remaining. Woods played a key role in marking the chase group. “One moment I go and my teammate Michael Woods is there. If the group comes back he is there for the sprint,” said Rolland.

The Giro will serve up another decisive mountain stage on Wednesday. Stage 18 will feature five categorized climbs and an uphill finish in Ortisei.

“It will be full gas from the start. A really hard day,” Dumoulin said about the Thursday stage. “But we have to stay calm and see what happens. They will attack me. I expect Vincenzo [Nibali] and Nairo [Quintana] to make it very hard for me tomorrow.”

Nibali, looking to win the race for the third time on its 100th edition, said, “We have to try, because if you don’t you end up left with regrets.”

Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Aprica
Stage 17 was 219 kilometers from Tirano to Canazei featuring three categorized climb and a long uphill grind to the finish. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Early breakaway
Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) got into the early break on stage 17. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Breakaway
A larger chase group formed in pursuit of the three-man break up the road. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Rolland leads
Rolland was the first rider over the Aprica and Passo del Tonale climbs before dropping back to the chase group. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Landa
Mikel Landa (Team Sky) was in the mountains classification leader’s jersey on stage 17. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Dumoulin
Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) felt no pressure on the stage and praised his teammates for a good day’s work. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Sock adjustment
Trek-Segafredo’s Mads Pedersen made an adjustment to his sock while rolling along. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Roadside viewpoint
These fans found an amazing viewpoint on the category 3 Giovo climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Breakaway
After riding in the early break, Rolland dropped back to the larger chase group. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Attack
With a large advantage over the peloton and under 20 kilometers to go, the attacks came from the break. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Rolland attack
After many failed attacks from the group, Rolland made one stick, quickly opening up a 25-second gap. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Rolland solo
Rolland rode solo for the last 7.5 kilometers of the stage. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Rolland wins
Rolland finally got the win he had been waiting for. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: GC group
The GC group came across the line with no changes to the top of the overall standings. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
Giro d'Italia 2017, stage 17: Rolland celebrates
Pierre Rolland celebrated his stage 17 Giro d’Italia win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com