Able to Fly Free
The Gruppo Maglia Rosa kept shucking riders as they neared Madonna Di Campiglio. For the last couple of kilometers the group came down to race leader, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo), the wearer of the white jersey and second place rider, Fabio Aru (Astana), his teammate Mikel Landa and Yury Trofimov (Katusha). Each of the men took turns attacking the other three, each time Landa got a gap, he would then wait for his team leader, Fabio Aru. As the other three started looking at each other, Trofimov sprung his final effort to claim the stage. With just 500 meters to go, it look liked the Russian had pulled it off, until Landa was given the okay to go for the stage, leaving Aru behind. Landa had the legs to drop everyone and spread his arms wide in a joyous victory salute. Trofimov held on for second and Contador grabbed some more bonus seconds beating Aru across the line to claim the final podium spot. Landa's victory moved him up on the general classification presenting another Astana rider to challenge the Pink Jersey.