O’Connor gave the NTT staff, who’re in search of a sponsor for subsequent 12 months, a much-needed win as he prevailed from the day’s 18-man breakaway forward of Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner and Belgian Thomas de Gendt.
Portuguese Almeida confronted just one transient assault from Australian Jai Hindley within the closing climb as much as Madonna di Campiglio as he stayed 17 seconds forward of Dutch Wilco Kelderman within the general standings.
Kelderman’s Sunweb staff mate Hindley lies 2:58 off the tempo.
There will likely be no hiding among the many high favourites within the 18th stage on Thursday, nonetheless, because it takes the peloton over 207km to the Laghi di Cancano, by way of the Passo Stelvio, 2,756 metres above sea degree the place the temperatures are anticipated to be simply above 0°C.
It may be the final probability to make massive variations as Saturday’s twentieth stage might be completely reshaped and keep away from the punishing Col d’Agnel and Col d’Izoard in France.
The mayor of Briancon, on the backside of the descent from the Col d’Izoard, mentioned on Wednesday he couldn’t have the race undergo the city amid COVID-19 restrictions in France.
Giro organisers, nonetheless, have but to announce a brand new route for the stage, however any change would certainly make it much less demanding. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Christian Radnedge)