Up for the Only Time
Today's stage was almost pancake flat, except for this nasty climb with the top just 16 kilometers from the finishing line. The peleton has just picked up Belkov from the early break with Fantini-Selle Italia storming up setting up Di Luca's attack. You have to admire his continued attempts at solo breaks to the line, he keeps coming up short, but he still tries on every steep climb near the finish. The striated fields in the back ground are another of the hundreds of acres of vineyards that the races passed by on Stage 17 on their way to Vincenza.