The Giro d’Italia resumed in Sicily after the grande partenza weekend in Israel and a tricky finish in Caltagirone gave Belgium’s Tim Wellens the second Giro stage win of his career and caught Chris Froome out.
Wellens and his Lotto-Fix All team played a blinder, negotiating the penultimate hill and a deceptive descent and piling the pressure on behind. The Belgian pipped Mike Woods on the line. In this episode we hear from both Woods and Wellens’ team-mate Tosh Van der Sande.
Daniel Friebe joins The Cycling Podcast’s Giro d’Italia team to discuss the significance of the day’s racing with Lionel Birnie. After a crash in his warm-up before the opening time trial, Froome was already on the back foot – today he lost another 21 seconds.
We discuss the likelihood of seeing the likes of Froome, Fabio Aru and Miguel Angel Lopez try to recover time on Mount Etna on Thursday.
And we hear from BMC Racing’s sports director Max Sciandri about how they pinched the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin in Israel a couple of days ago. It was a carefully planned move but, as Sciandri explains, the riders took some convincing.
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