Pierre Rolland wins stage, Tom Dumoulin remains leader
May 24 2017 11:15 pm CET

Pierre Rolland wins stage, Tom Dumoulin remains leader

Cannondale-Drapac's Pierre Roland has won the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Frenchman was the star of a late escape, crossing the line 23 seconds before Rui Costa and Gorka Izagirre.

The 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia was bound to be calmer after the eventful Stelvio stage. Its route was wavy with two climbs of the second category and one of the third.

The breakaway of the day started almost at the first kilometer when Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Matej Mohoric (UAE-Team Emirates) jumped from the bunch. Behind them, a chasing group was created and also got a substantial gap with the peloton.

The front trio managed to get an advantage of more than 14 minutes over the peloton but soon became a duo because Rolland couldn't keep up with the rhythm of his fellow escapees and joined the followers' group.

During the ascent of the Giovo, Brutt couldn't ride as fast as Mohoric and was left behind and eventually reeled in by the chasers. With 60 kilometers left to the finish line, a group of chasers caught the Slovenian and was soon joined by a second group of followers.

In the bunch, Quick-Step Floors took over the task of setting the pace from Sunweb, the moment they saw the time with the front group didn't go down as fast as expected and the white jersey of Bob Jungels was in danger due to the presence of Jan Polanc (UAE-Team Emirates) in the front group.

The gap between the two groups decreased quickly and in front there were many attacks of riders that wanted to take the glory of the day. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Polanc, Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF) and Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) tried their luck. Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) momentarily succeeded but he was followed by a fractured group.

Just before the 10 kilometer mark, the Italian was caught but he showed that he was not going to give up easily by constantly changing the pace at the front of the race. The group got together once again and some meters later it was Rolland's turn to try to get away.

The rider showed to be stronger than the rest and built quickly a gap of around half a minute. At the end, the French rider crossed the finish line at Canazei 23 seconds ahead of Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates) and Gorka Izagirre (Movistar). Rory Sutherland and Matteo Busato (Wilier-Selle) completed the top five of the day.

The fight for the Maglia Rosa remains the same, with Tom Dumoulin keeping the leader's jersey for another day.
Photo of Pierre Rolland (cropped) by Cannondale-Drapac



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