Chris Froome (Team Sky) turned the Giro d’Italia upside, winning stage 19 alone in Bardonecchia after an 80km solo attack, taking the leader’s maglia and scattering his rivals to the wind across Susa valley.
Froome’s performance seemed something from a bygone era, with Italian television showing images of Fausto Coppi before he had even reached the finish. Others compared it to Floyd Landis’ solo attack in the 2006 Tour de France, which was cancelled after he tested positive for testosterone.
Froome is usually a man of logic, watts and control. But on the road to Bardonecchia he threw caution to wind in the hope of turning the Giro d’Italia upside down. It was perhaps a gamble, a punt at winning the race but it worked out.
“In difficult moments you have to look for crazy solutions,” Froome said.
“I think that was one of the most amazing things I’ve done on the bike,” he added, explaining the logic behind his ‘impresa’ as Italian call such an attack in Grand Tours.
“It was a decision that we took last night to ride in this way. If I was going to wait until the final climb I wouldn’t take three minutes on pink jersey, so we decided to make the race on Colle delle Finestre.”
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