Geraint Thomas will wear the leader’s pink jersey into Saturday’s decisive mountain time trial at the Giro d’Italia after Primoz Roglic could take only a handful of seconds out of the Welshman’s advantage on the Queen stage in the Dolomites.
Thomas and Roglic traded attacks in the final kilometre of this beastly stage but at the very top of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo it was Roglic, who had changed bikes on the approach to the last climb to get better gearing, who was able to open up a three-second gap in the final few metres.
That cuts Thomas’s advantage to just 26 seconds going into Saturday’s race against the clock to the top of the Monte Lussari.
João Almeida was distanced in the last couple of hundred metres to concede 20 seconds but the Portuguese rider comfortably retains his spot on the podium, 59 seconds down, after Irishman Eddie Dunbar fell away late on to lose fourth place overall to Damiano Caruso. “It was OK,” Thomas said. “When I went with 400 metres to go I realised after 100 that 400 is a long way at this altitude.Read more on theguardian.com