Catching Back On
As I have discussed in early posts, there are many competitions within the overall race. The other leader award is the Maglia Blanco, worn by the highest placed young rider (under the age of 24). This Giro has seen a very tough competition between Mafka (who started the day in white) and Betancur, who is 3 seconds behind. Near the bottom of the climb he either had a "nature break" or a mechanical, three of his teammates waited to pace him back into the race. By the time he was in sight of the Gruppo Maglia Rosa, they were gone and he had to close the gap by himself. He went on to honor the team's sacrifice by taking the White Jersey back, ensuring that he will end the Giro in white.