Giro d'Italia: Stage 17 Video Preview - Falzes/Pfalzen to Cortina d'Ampezzo 186 km

Geraint Thomas has a name for today's potential winner - and Dan Lloyd and Michael Barry give tips on descending

by Tony Farrelly   May 22, 2012  

Giro d'Italia Stage 17. Insights into Cycling

With their stunning scenery, the Dolomites always provide one of the showpiece stages of the Giro, and while there’s no summit finish today, a total of 4,500 metres of climbing makes for a tough afternoon and one on which there could be a reshuffling of the GC – the race may not be won today, but it’s likely that someone’s chances of winning will suffer irreparable harm. Descending skills could prove invaluable today, and they're the subject of the third video preview provided by IG Markets, with two riders on teams they sponsor - Dan Lloyd of Team IG Sigma Sport and Team Sky's Michael Barry - giving an insight into how the pros go downhill.

The Falzarego, Passo Duran and Forcella Staulanza are tough, but they are mere antipasti to the main course of the Passo Giau – 10 kilometres of climbing at an average gradient of 9.3 per cent, with ramps of 14 per cent in places. After the summit, there’s a descent of just under 8km to the moneyed ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

GT: It goes pretty high today, so the weather could play a part. It could be a cold day, you’re at the back end of the race, so a lot could happen. You’d probably say a breakaway could stay away but it depends, it could be a few GC guys going and trying a move. Nibali’s not here, but someone like that who can go downhill pretty fast, if they can get a little gap at the top, they could always hold that down to the finish, even someone like Vandevelde who is not going for GC, it could be one of the days they look to do something.

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