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With 15 stages of the 2018 Giro d’Italia now complete, we’re a little closer to knowing who will wear the maglia rosa into Rome. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) has undoubtedly been the strongest climber of the race and at the time of writing he has three stage wins to his name. The big unknown is the stage 16 individual time trial.
Yates performed well in the stage 1 race against the clock in Jerusalem, but Tuesday’s stage 16 is a different beast. It’s nearly four times as long, for a start, and it’s also the sort of terrain that’s perfectly suited to defending champion (and world time trial champion) Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).
Barring a major incident, Dumoulin will take a significant chunk of time out of Yates’ lead on stage 16, but the question is: how much? Yates currently leads Dumoulin by 2:11 — a healthy margin and one that could well see Yates in pink by day’s end.
Will he get to Rome wearing the same colour, securing Mitchelton-Scott’s first-ever Grand Tour victory? The odds seem to be in his favour, but stranger things have happened in the final week of the Giro. Just ask Steven Kruijswijk.
As we wait for the racing to resume after the third and final rest day, check out the following photos from the second “week” of the Giro, from stages 10 through 15.