The Grubers typically name their Giro image sets by stage or defining feature: Zoncolan, Gran Sasso, Etna, Treno TT. Today’s images were housed in a folder they called “Upside Down”. Sounds about right for a race that saw the general classification completely upended when Chris Froome (Team Sky) launched a long range attack on the Colle delle Finestre, the Cima Coppi of the 101st edition of the Giro d’Italia. By stage end, Froome’s solo bid for glory earned him not only the stage win but also the maglia rosa. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT), who has spent 15 days in pink, had tumbled down to 18th overall.
Atop the Monte Jafferau, we asked Nate Brown how he’d describe the day. He said: “All in. Epic. I don’t think I’ve ever worked as hard as I have today. This was the hardest day on the bike I’ve ever had.”
Sounds about right.