Climbing legs Hirt slightly better than Arensman in spicy Giro stage, Bouwman retains mountain jersey



On the first climb of the day there was a chasing group with a lot of dangerous names in it, which then joined the front runners, creating a leading group of 22 riders. In it five Dutchmen: Wilco Kelderman (Bora), Poels, Arensman, Eenkhoorn and Bouwman. Another notable name that drove along: Simon Yates (BikeExchange).

A twenty kilometer long descent and some climbing kilometers further – at 70 kilometers from the finish – the leading group had thinned out so much that seven riders remained. Of the Dutch only Bouwman, fighting to keep his blue mountain jersey, Poels and Arensman.

Kelderman was unable to follow due to a puncture and ended up in no sick chasing breakaway group with Guilio Ciccone (Trek), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Yates.

Plans of Bahrain

With the final approaching, it became restless in the group with classification riders. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) dashed off on the narrow and therefore left descent of the Mortirolo. To put things under pressure in the run-up to the steep Teglio and the closing pass of Saint Cristina.

Landa – fourth at one minute from the pink – and his Bahrain team clearly had plans for the final climb. The Bahrain team’s red moved forward in the pack with thirty kilometers to go and picked up the pace considerably. The group-pink jersey thinned out and the escapees’ lead narrowed.

And that while at the front Kämna had run away from the leading group in the descent of the Teglio and had just extended his lead. Then the Arensman started a fine piece of climbing. On the steepest part of the final climb (7 kilometers long about 10%) he gave chase to Kämna. He was joined by Hirt.