Luka Mezgec (Giant Shimano) won the final stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Slovenian beat Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin Sharp) in the finale in Trieste. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) pumped his first in the air as he rolled across the finish line, celebrating his overall victory.
Svein Tuft animated the early action. The Canadian, still carrying injuries from a crash in the first week, attacked to form a two man escape group with Maarten Tjallingii (Belkin). The duo were unable to stretch their advantage beyond the two minute mark, and in the second hour of racing, they were back in the bunch.
Not content to ride in the peloton all the way to the finish, Tuft attacked again on the finishing circuit. This time Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol) provided the company. A trio of riders broke away from the peloton over the circuit climb and bridged across to Tuft and Bak, briefly creating a five rider escape group. Twelve kilometres from the finish, the race was back together.
With his teammate returned to the peloton, Michael Hepburn made his way to the front, putting himself in prime position to launch an attack. The peloton was quick to respond when Hepburn accelerated. Several small attacks followed, all of which were neutralised, before the bunch began to ready for the field sprint.
Hepburn finished the 21st stage of his first Grand Tour in a small group of riders that came to the finish 1’18 after Mezgec. He slotted into 154th overall, more than five hours down on the overall classification. Tuft sits one placed behind Hepburn on the overall, narrowly missing out the maglia nera distinction claimed by Jetse Bol (Belkin).
“We were just looking to spice things up a bit. We only had two options. With only two riders, we wanted to be part of the race. The plan was to put Svein in the break, and if there was an opportunity for Heppy to attack late, that’s what we were going to do. Svein was in a break quite early, and he went away again on the circuit. Heppy was ready to pounce after Svein got caught. He jumped on a straight stretch but he couldn’t get enough of an advantage to make an impact.” - Sport Director Matt White
|1||Luka Mezgec (Slo) - Team Giant-Shimano||4:23:58|
|2||Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) - Trek Factory Racing||ST|
|3||Tyler Farrar (USA) - Garmin Sharp||ST|
|4||Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) - FDJ.fr||ST|
|5||Roberto Ferrari (Ita) - Lampre-Merida||ST|
|6||Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) - Colombia||ST|
|7||Luca Paolini (Ita) - Team Katusha||ST|
|8||Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) - Lotto Belisol||ST|
|9||Borut Bozic (Slo) - Astana Pro Team||ST|
|10||Iljo Keisse (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||ST|
|116||Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:18|
|154||Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:14|