Giro d'Italia 2024

A busy start to the stage with multiple attacks to try and get away finally stabilized with a group of 27 riders getting away and UAE Team Emirates taking up the chase in the peleton. The breakaway had a lead of over 5 minutes on the peleton and ultimately, Valentin Paret-Peintre (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale) soloed away from Roman Bardet (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL), then caught and passed Jan Tratnik (Visma-Lease a Bike) who had attacked the breakaway group earlier to take the stage win and emulate his brother Aurelien, who won a stage at the 2023 Giro, and also managed to get into a 27 rider breakaway in the Campania region of southern Italy.

Pogacar and the other favourites finished several minutes back with Pogacar losing no ground to any of the favourites. Bardet did manage, with his second place to move up seven places in the general classification to 7th.

Some abandonments from the previous three stages:

Christophe Laporte (Visma | Lease a Bike) didn’t start stage stage 8.

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Qazaqstan Team) didn’t start stage 9.

Alexander Krieger (Tudor) didn’t finish stage 9.

Max Kanter (ger – Astana Qazaqstan Team) didn’t start stage 10.
Ethan Vernon (gbr – Israel – Premier Tech) didn’t start stage 10.
Olav Kooij (nld – Visma | Lease a Bike) didn’t start stage 10.
Marius Mayrhofer (ger – Tudor) didn’t start stage 10.

This takes the total amount of riders who have abandoned the Giro to 18.

Israel Premier Tech are now down to 4 riders having had half their team abandon the race.

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It will be a poorer tour if Vingegaard is unable to race it. I would guess it then turns into a Pogacar vs Remco battle for the top step on the podium.

The riders come down off the mountain for stage 11. The 207 km course from Foiano Di Val Fortore to Francavilla Al Mare is up and down for the first 75 or so km before a long downhill and then it’s mostly flat for the next 125 km to the finish. This one looks like it’s going to be for the sprinters unless the sprint teams get it wrong and allow a break to make it to the end.

Stage 11 was a mostly quiet affair with three riders, Thomas Champion (Cofidis), Eduardo Affini (Visma-Lease A Bike), and Tim van Dijke (Visma-Lease A Bike) got away early. The two Visma-Lease A Bike riders were in the breakaway as the team had earlier had leader Cian Uijtdebroeks abandon the tour overnight due to illness. Visma-Lease A Bike now joins Israel Premier Tech as the two teams who have lost 4 riders each.

The break was never allowed more than a couple of minutes and was caught with 30 km to go. A long straight final for the sprint meant that all the sprinters would be looking for a chance and it was a chaotic final with four riders crashing including Fabio Jakobsen (dsm-Firmenich) and Jenthe Biermans (Arkea-B&B Hotels).

In the end it was Jonathan Milan (Lidl Trek) who took the win. Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick Step) finished second on the stage but was judged to have impeded Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) and his second place was wiped out and he was given 89th place (back of the first group of riders to finish) as punishment.

In addition to Cian Uijtdebroeks not starting stage 11, Louis Barré (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) and Stefano Oldani (Cofidis) were also non-starters, bringing the total amount of abandonments to 21.




Stage 12 looks like it could be one for the breakaway. The stage is almost totally flat for the first 50 km but then it is a series of short sharp climbs for the rest of the 143 km. In total it’s 193 km from Martinsicuro to Fano. It will be very hard for the sprinters to get over these climbs and unless one of the leaders wants to have a go, it looks like this will be one for the breakaway.

Dammit Stage 12!!!

It was indeed a stage for the breakaway to win and it was Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) along with Mirco Maestri (Polti-Kometa) who brokeaway with about 125 km to go. Alaphilippe would then attack Maestri with 10 km to go to take the win. Maestri was later caught and wound up finishing 9th on the stage with Jhonatan Narváez (Ineos Grenadiers) taking 2nd and Quinten Hermans ( Alpecin–Deceuninck) finishing in 3rd.

It was a mostly uneventful day for the overall favourites with no changes at the top.

Fabio Jakobsen (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) didn’t start the stage bringing the total amount of abandonments to 22.




Stage 13 is 179 pan flat km from Riccione to Cento and will be one for the sprinters. The next sprint stage won’t be until stage 18, so the sprinters teams will be very motivated to keep the break in check so that the fast men can duel it out for the stage victory.

What should have been a boring stage had some excitement to it. With as flat a stage as you could get, Stage 13 looked like it would be a text book stage of a small break getting away and getting no more than a couple of minutes. Instead cross winds wound up catching Jonathan Milan (Lidl Trek) and his Lidl Trek team in a split and forcing the team to work hard to try and bring Milan back into the peleton while the teams of Soudal Quick-Step, Alpecin-Deceuninck, Jayco-AlUla, UAE Team Emirates, and Ineos Grenadiers piled on the hurt. At one point the gap was up to 25 seconds but Lidl Trek was able to pull themselves back into the peleton as the cross winds stopped.

Martin Marcellusi (VF Group-Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) and Dries De Pooter (Intermarche-Wanty) attacked once the Lidl Trek group caught the peleton but they were pulled back and it came down to the final sprint where once again Milan proved himself to be head and shoulders better than the other sprinters as he took his third stage victory during this Giro.

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Saturday’s Stage 14 sees the second and final time trial with a 31.2 km course from Castiglione Delle Stiviere to Desenzano Del Garda. While there are a few bumps, the course is mostly flat which will favour the more traditional time trial specialists.

I’ve not been able to watch as much overall as I was hoping for, but I did get on my trainer and watch the (leaders) time trial. Sure I rode a lot more elevation but they put on a show too.

Not a lot to say except that Pogacar has no holes in his game. I was really impressed with Thomas’s ride. He’s going all out no matter what while a lot of guys with his career would pack it in. Plus you never know how the mountains will go.

Stage 14 didn’t have too many surprises as Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) had a wonderful day against the clock, taking victory as Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) came up short but still managed to put at least 45 seconds or more into his nearest rivals.

The biggest winner in the time trial would have to be Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) who leapfrogged Daniel Martinez (Bora Hansgrohe) to go from 16 seconds down to 15 seconds up and take back second place in the general classification.

Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) didn’t start Stage 14, taking the total abandonments to 23.

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Yeah, there doesn’t appear to be any weaknesses that can be exploited.

What really impresses me with Thomas is that he doesn’t give up if he has an off day and he doesn’t let that day become an absolute disaster either. His mental toughness has to be among the best in the peleton. If Pogacar wasn’t at the Giro, I would have to think that Thomas, with the strength of his team behind him, would be the favourite to be able to set a vicious pace on the climbs and then pull away in the last few kms.

Stage 15 is going to hurt! 222 punishing kms from Manerba Del Garda to Livigno. There is a total of 5 categorized climbs. One category 3, one category 2, and three! category 1 climbs, including a summit finish. This will be a big day for all the favourites while everyone else will be doing their best to finish within the cutoff time. It’s hard to see how anyone will be able to beat Pogacar, but if he has a bad day, then all bets are off as you could lose a huge amount of time on stage like today if you have a bad day.

Tadej! Tadej!! Tadej!!!

Stage 15, with all the climbs and the longest stage in the tour saw Tadej Pogacar bide his time until about 15 km left when he attacked and slowly brought back the remnants of the breakaway which at one point in time had two groups which contained more than 50 riders, more than a third of the riders remaining.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) had attacked from the breakaway and would have won had it not been for Pogacar, who, with his attack, left all his rivals behind and put more than 3 minutes into his nearest competitors. It was an amazing display and with Pogacar now ahead of 2nd place Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) by 6 minutes 41 seconds, Pogacar can afford to take it easy for the last 6 stages of the Giro and start to think about the Tour in July.

Vadim Pronskiy (Astana Qazaqstan Team) didn’t start stage 15 and Clément Davy (Groupama FDJ) didn’t finish stage 15, taking the total abandonments in the Giro to 25.

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Monday brings the second and final rest day for the Giro and it’s pretty much a lock for Pogacar for the Pink Jersey. Anything short of a crash or an absolute implosion won’t be enough to knock Pogacar from his perch.

Pogacar also holds a 94 point lead in the Mountains classification and it will take a lot of work from 2nd place Simon Geschke (Cofidis) to get into enough breaks and take enough mountain points to catch Pogacar in that competition.

Jonathan Milan (Lidl Trek) has a 109 point lead on the points classification and given that there’s only 2 stages left for the sprinters, it would seem that Milan is a lock to win that classification as long as he finishes the race.

Stage 16 is another one for the climbers and GC riders. 206 kms with three big climbs takes us from Livigno to Santa Cristina Val Gardena. This could be a day for the breakaway as UAE won’t need to police the peleton unless one of the other favourites gets away and starts to really stretch out an advantage.

Note: Due to inclement weather and a rider protest, the race has been shortened and will actually skip the early climbs and begin a little more than 70 kms into the original route.

Yes, the riders had to protest to get them to call off the idea of riding over a 2500m summit in the snow.

From the videos I saw I the idea of the organizers thinking descents would be safe seems crazy.

The riders ad-hoc protests are some of my favorite parts of the sport.

Oh Movistar. Stage 16 saw the stage shortened after the riders refused to ride the first two climbs due to the horrific conditions on the mountain. Thankfully the riders prevailed over the race organizers and the stage started in a much safer way. The shortening of the stage meant for some very energetic racing with attacks and the breakaway, which again included Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) only managed to get a couple of minutes on the peleton. Alaphilippe was joined by Mirco Maestri (Team Polti Kometa), Davide Ballerini (Astana Qazaqstan) and Andrea Piccolo (EF Education-EasyPost).

The breakaway should have delivered the stage winner however Movistar went to the front of the peleton and chased down the break to under a minute before coming to the realization that they would not be able to catapult their own rider to a stage victory. That was with about a dozen kms to go and UAE Team Emirates then took up the chase and just like in previous stages, Pogacar attacked and simply road away from the rest of the favourites, caught and passed the breakaway riders and soloed to his fifth victory of the Giro.

Jenthe Biermans (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) and Danny van Poppel (BORA-hansgrohe) didn’t start Stage 16 and Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) and Julius van den Berg (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) didn’t finish stage 16. This takes the total amount of abandonments to 29.



Stage 17 is another big mountain stage with 5 categorized climbs, one 3rd category, two 2nd category, and two 1st category climbs await the riders, including starting the stage on a category 2 climb. It will be a difficult day for some of the riders to make it in within the time limit. 159 kms from Selva De Val Gardena Wolkenstein In Groden to Passo Brocon should be one for the breakaway unless one of the other teams helps to deliver Pogacar to the final climb with enough time to catch whichever riders are still up the road.