Some gentler mountains on this stage ahead of some tougher ones on the next - a day for a break reckons Geraint Thomas

A gentler day in prospect after two tough days in the high mountains, and one on which the riders who have emerged as contenders for the GC will be happy to let others enjoy the limelight.

It’s the kind of stage on which those who harboured hopes of getting a high place overall but are no longer in contention for whatever reason might look to salvage something from the Giro, while the DSs of teams that haven’t managed to get their sponsors much camera time in the race to date will have ordered riders to make sure they get into the expected early break.

GT: It’s one of those that could be a sprint with a group of maybe 40 or 50 guys going to the line again. For us it could be Rigo (Uran) or Henao if they went in the move, it’s a day for that sort of climber with a bit of a kick.

For more on this year's race read our full Giro d'Italia Preview.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.