Stage winner: Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) wins his second stage of this year’s Giro
Pink leader: Rodríguez retains his 30-second lead to Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda)
Blue climber: Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) rides into the day’s early breakaway to pick up 24 points; he leads Michel Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), 65-34
Red points: Mark Cavendish (Sky) retains the points jersey by one point to Rodríguez, 110-109
White young: Rigoberto Urán (Sky) moves back into the lead ahead of teammate Sergio Henao, who now trails by 1:46
Dominique Rollin (FDJ-BigMat) crashed on the descent off the Passo Valparola, with cuts to his left elbow and knee. He was transported to a local hospital for x-rays; Gustav Larsson (Vacansoleil-DCM) crashed at 133km “without consequences.”
Lead Movistar team car will be relegated to last in line for Thursday’s stage after sport director “failed to respect jury instructions” (Art. 12.1.040-28.1).
Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing), Ben Hermans (RadioShack-Nissan), Serguey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) all fined 50 CHF and penalized 20 seconds on GC and 20 points for “sheltering behind a vehicle for some time” (Art. 12.1.040-19.2.2).
Gregor Gazvoda and Mathieu Perget (Ag2r La Mondiale), Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), Brian Bulgac (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Andrey Amador (Movistar), Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil) all fined 100 CHF for “mechanical assistance, refreshments and behavior that damages image of cycling” (Art. 12.1.040-37bis).
Weather: Summer returns
Warm weather is on the horizon, with highs in the mid-80s F at the finish line, with light NNW winds, 5 to 10 mph, mostly sunny with small chance of afternoon showers.
Tomorrow’s stage: Last easy day
The 95th Giro continues with a short respite for the 149km 18th stage from San Vito di Cadore to Vedelago. The route rolls south out of the Dolomites onto the plains of Veneto. With no rated climbs, the stage has bunch sprint written all over it. The approach is clean coming into the finale, dead-straight and flat with 5km to go, though there will be some traffic circles to contend with. Mark Cavendish will be looking for the stage win to bolster his one-point lead in the red jersey competition.