Who Is Going to Catch Him?
Alan Marangoni (Cannondale Garmin) was the first to launch an attack once Oscar Gatto (Androni Giocattoli) was gone due to a mechanical. Without the strong finisher amongst the escapees, the foursome had a resurgence of energy believing that they had at least a 25% chance of their first Giro d'Italia stage victory. Marangoni was fortunate that Nicola Boem (Bardiani CSF) looked to his compatriots to take up the chase, just as he had been urging them all to work together. Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Matteo Busato (Southeast Pro Cycling) finally decided that a chance at winning was better than a 2 out of 3 chance of just being on the podium.