Attacking the Mountain
Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL Jumbo) has been having a "almost" Giro. The Dutchman has been in multiple breakaways that have succeed all the way to the line, although he has only managed a second place on each of two stages. One of those second places put him into the lead of the King of the Mountains competition, only to have the Blue Jersey taken from him yesterday by Giovanni Visconti (Movistar). Today he was hell bent on taking back the jersey and claiming a stage victory. On the last remaining stretch of hard surface road on the way up the Colle Delle Finestre, Kruijswijk attacked those that were left of the breakaway. With Tanel Kangert (Astana) stuck on his wheel, he managed to escape from both Benat Intxuasti (Movistar) and Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale Garmin). With seven more kilometers to the summit of this climb and then another 12 kilometers of climbing up to the mountain top finish, it was a tall order to achieve both of his goals for the day.