Georg Steinhauser climbs to stage 17 victory on Passo Brocon – Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia 2024

Stage 17

Following two successive mountain stages which saw Tadej Pogačar deny the breakaway a famous victory, it was Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost) who took the glory on stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia at another summit finish, the Passo Brocon.

Rounding out the stage podium was the white jersey of Antonio Tiberi (Bahrain Victorious), who led home Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe), Einer Rubio (Movistar), and Romain Bardet (DSM-Firmenich PostNL) to take third place at 1:42 back.

“I don’t know, it’s something unbelievable,” Steinhauser said of his win. “Already on stage 8, I noticed I have good legs. I thought maybe I have the legs to win a stage.

Ben O’Connor (Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale), having been dropped 2.8km from the finish, came home in 12th at 2:23 down, and now lies 9:47 behind Pogačar. He’ll have cause for concern for the remaining mountain stages – stage 19 to Sappada and stage 20 over Monte Grappa – as he now holds a slimmed 42-second lead over Tiberi.

Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier and Georg Steinhauser go toe to toe.
Pogačar on the Passo del Bracon.

A modest climb between Ponte Oltra to Lamon is the only real obstacle. It’s done and dusted inside the first 20 kilometres before the route continues false flat downhill. Another more undulating section begins in Valdobbiadenes, shortly after leaving the valley of the Piave River.

The riders return to the same valley to cross the river and traverse the plains to the northwest of Venice in the last 80 kilometres. Strong winds could impact the race on this exposed and extremely flat terrain. But nothing should stand in the way of a bunch sprint on a quiet day.

The second and third intermediate sprint come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds, while the first three riders on the line gain 10, 6 and 4 seconds.

Stage 17 result:

1. Georg Steinhauser (Deu) EF Education-EasyPost, in 4:28:51
2. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, +1:24
3. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Bahrain Victorious, +1:42
4. Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers
5. Daniel Martinez (Col) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Einer Rubio (Col) Movistar
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL, all at same time
8. Thymen Arensman (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers, +1:55
9. Jan Hirt (Cze) Soudal Quick-Step
10. Rafał Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates, all at same time

General Classification:

1. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, in 63:31:18
2. Daniel Martínez (Col) Bora-Hansgrohe, +7:42
3. Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers, +8:04
4. Ben O’Connor (Aus) Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale, +9:47
5. Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Bahrain Victorious, +10:29
6. Thymen Arensman (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers, +11:10
7. Romain Bardet (Fra) dsm-firmenich PostNL, +12:42
8. Einer Rubio (Col) Movistar, +13:33
9. Filippo Zana (Ita) Jayco-AIUla, +13:52
10. Jan Hirt (Cze) Soudal Quick-Step, +14:44

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