Off on His Own
Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale Garmin) used his descending skills to leave his breakaway companions and head off on his own. The Canadian but two minutes between himself and the rest of those on the road as he climbed up to Aprica for the first time. The course took the peloton through the early ski town before swinging back down to the valley and up the biggest climb of the Giro. The competitors would then drop back off of the Passo del Mortirolo before climbing back up to Aprica for the second time. This time their long day of five categorized would be over. Along the road various race sponsors will set up inflatable advertisements like this one celebrating the bike saddle company, Selle Italia.