After plenty of action during the opening week and a half of racing, we finally reach the first serious mountain stage of 2018’s Giro d’Italia. The 186km route from San Vito al Tagliamento to Monte Zoncolan is bound to prove the first vicious exchange of attacks amongst the general classification contenders for this year’s race. There is plenty to soften up the peloton’s legs during Stage 14, though it is the ascent of Monte Zoncolan which is anticipated to cause a serious stir amongst the general classification.
Thibaut Pinot has been eager to keep his form under control during the opening half of this year’s Giro d’Italia, focusing on avoiding the dangerous early peak which can affect general classification riders. The Frenchman has avoided digging too deep during this opening half of the race, though is certain to be eager to establish his dominance during this part of the race. If the day unfolds as planned, there is a great opportunity for Pinot to improve his position within the general classification and he is unlikely to say no to such a chance.
Miguel Angel Lopez still needs to take back time and may well begin his campaign with serious endeavour as of tomorrow. Though the bunch shall be keen to keep an eye upon him, there is doubt he shall be easy enough to control, more likely becoming a main protagonist during the final moments of Stage 14.
Domenico Pozzovivo is enjoying the form of his life and will be all too aware that a strong performance here is likely to be required ahead of the individual time trial and the rivals which it brings down upon them. The diminutive climber shall not be afraid of shaking things up and is likely to prove a fuse ready to be lit.
Simon Yates has proven to be an aggressive custodian of this year’s maglia rosa, though will still be eager to cement his placing amongst the major names for the overall open win. If the race pans out as ideally as possible, then a late attack from him is definitely expected, one which may lead to victory.
1st Thibaut Pinot 2nd Tom Dumoulin 3rd Simon Yates