Giro of "Colombia"
On the first climbs, Rigoberto Uran (and his team) perhaps paid the effort of a superb time trial, whereas the pure climbers dictated the pace on the slopes:
- Oropa (7.2%) VAM = 1611 m/h = 5.96 w/kg
- Monte Campione (7.7%) VAM = 1660m/h = 6:14 w/kg; last 5km (8.8%) VAM = 1771 m/h = 6.32 w/kg for an amazing Fabio Aru
- Val Martello (6.5%) VAM = 1425 m/h = 5:48 w/kg for Quintana engaged in the long breakaway down the Stelvio
- Panarotta (7.6%) VAM = 1620m/h = 6.00 w/kg, with the last 3km (8.3%) at 1792 m/h = 6.4 w/kg) with Aru still in evidence
- Monte Grappa (TT with 19 km climb at 8%) Quintana (Aru within a few seconds) rode at 1711 m/h = 6:11 w/kg.
- Zoncolan (12%) timed at 41'30" (Record of Gilberto Simoni: 39'03"), VAM = 1734 m/h without significant attacks among the main riders
Uran, after a few days of trouble, recovered in the last stages, defending his second place from the assault of Aru.
The countryman Nairo Quintana, although weakened by troubles in the respiratory tract, easily wins a Giro d' Italia of only moderate technical level, partly also because of the weather and the crashes that have eliminated some likely candidates for the victory in Trieste.
Completing the podium, the excellent Fabio Aru, already celebrated as a champion of Italian cycling in the coming years.
Great climber, a discrete time trialist, I think he still needs physical maturation, which will take a couple of seasons of patient build-up work.
After all, even Massimiliano Lelli, at the young age of Aru, conquered the podium (and two stage wins) in the 1991 Giro, then...