Chris Froome of Team Sky celebrated his first Giro d & # 39; Italia victory on Saturday, holding off his rival Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at the final summit in Cervinia on Stage 20. Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) took the stage win from the breakaway group on his 34th birthday, his third career victory at the Giro d'Italia, and saved some of his miserable final weekend for his team.
Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) 2:16 behind second place while Felix Grosschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished the podium in 2:42 minutes in third place
Miguel Ángel López (Astana ) advanced to third overall and benefited from an alpine implosion by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who, like Nieve's team-mate Simon Yates, had jumped on the Colle delle Finestre 24 hours earlier
Pinot stood aside, waiting on the GC action of the day ̵
A The combination of exhaustion from the efforts of the previous stage to Bardonecchia, as well as the comparatively flat slopes on the road to Cervinia, resulted in Dumoulin's low chances of overtaking the 40-second gap.
The result means that Froome – apart from a possible disaster tomorrow – will join Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault as the only driver at all three Grand Tours at the same time. However, it will come with an asterisk as Froomes Salbutamol case could mean that both his giro and 2017 Vuelta a España will be won.
"Obviously there were attacks in the final, but I was very close in control and very able to follow today," Froome said. "I think everyone had such a tough day yesterday that I think nobody really has the extra legs to go anywhere."
"This giro was brutal, absolutely brutal," he added. "If someone has a bad day here, it's not just a question of 30 seconds or a minute, it's 10, 15 minutes, it's a brutal race."
Meanwhile, Nieve recounted how his thoughts of today moved into today's stage, catastrophic events on Friday's stage.
"After yesterday's stage, I was definitely looking forward to today," he said. "I think we made a really great Giro d'Italia, we had a really good team, we have now won many stages and a good team spirit, Romain [Kreuziger] helped me a lot in the breakaway group and I'm really happy to get the stage win. "
Froome's GC victory comes 46 seconds ahead of Dumoulin, while López's third place and the young rider's white jersey come in at a steady 4:57 Spring for the Colombians. Froome also takes the Blue King of the Mountains jersey and became the first man to win that and the entire since Marco Pantani in 1998.
As it happened
The last significant GC-related stage of the Giro, Level 20 was Another Monster, 214 km from the alpine town of Susa in the mountains and destination in the resort of Cervinia. With Chris Froome, who had 40 seconds ahead of Tom Dumolin, and Thibaut Pinot, who has the same lead over fourth-placed Miguel Ángel López, it would be the last chance for a dress rehearsal before Rome.  129 flat kilometers opened the stage, with two intermediate sprints, which come before every climbing day. Then we went back to the mountains and the Aosta Valley with the Col Tsecore. A 16-kilometer climb with an average of 7.7%, the Giro-First-Timer is in the double-digit range, to soften the legs after the slaughter on Friday.
After a 10 km descent into the valley, this time it was again up to the Col du Saint Pan-taléon, a steady climb that regularly leads the Giro della Valle d & # 39; Aoste on the famous U23 race. With 16.5 km at 7.1 percent, it would be tough enough to serve as the starting point for all sorts of attacks.
The last climb of the stage and the Giro was the Diesel Slog to Cervinia. Flat stretches extend over the 18.2 km – including 2 km to the line – bringing the average gradient to manageable 5.3%. It is the rise where Ryder Hesjedal 2012 by Joaquim Rodriguez took pink.
A quick start brought a big early break from 27 riders. Maglia Ciclamino Elia Viviani (Quick Step Floors) was there, as were Matej Mohorič, Giovanni Visconti (both Bahrain-Merida), Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF), Michael Woods (EF-Drapac), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), Grosschartner, Gesink and the Mitchelton Scott duo Mikel Nieve and Romain Kreuziger
As expected, Viviani scored the points in the intermediate sprints and thus built up his lead in front of Sam Ben-nett (Bora- Hansgrohe). When the break reached the first climb, Kreuziger and Nieve put pressure on and fired the drivers left and right from the break.
Back in the peloton, Astana set a fast pace for López, while former Maglia Rosa Yates collapsed a miserable end to his Giro d'Italia campaign. Almost six minutes up the road, Conti set the pace during the break, resulting in a selection of about 10 riders who stayed at the top of the Tsecore.
After Ciccone picked up the points and the additional cash prize, Mohoric drove on the lineage. The Slovenian, who was already the stage winner this year, showed again his downhill abilities and quickly opened a gap of 30 seconds.
Pinot is out of gas
On the Saint Pantaléon, Mohoric was still in front, but back in the peloton there would be more drama. With Astana still on the front line, their goal was to drive Pinot out and take third overall for López. 41 kilometers before the end of the stage, only a few kilometers after the second climb of the day, it was done.
Without warning for the French, the helicopters showed him from the back and surrounded by fellow players. The winner of the Tour of the Alps was visibly hit by the efforts of Friday's succession.
Despite the encouragement of his loyal Lieutenant Sébastien Reichenbach, the immediate instinct was that it was over for Pinot – he lost a podium finish in one minute
Ahead Mohoric got caught and fell fast when Nieve led a chasing group. The Basque went to the top of the climb and climbed to the summit eight minutes before the peloton alone. With a grosch – chartner somewhere in the middle, a trio of Ciccone, Gesink and Brambilla chased back nearly two minutes.
The Grand Finale
After Pinot had gone forever, Astana took a step down and led to a lull until Movistar recorded it on the lower slopes of Cervinia. Then, as Nieve continued to head for his hunters, it was a waiting game. Dumoulin had to try something, but when?
The first attack came 9 km after a short 12-percent distance – the hardest part of the climb. Dumoulin immediately had Froome at the rear wheel, only Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe), Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and López could follow him, along with Dumoulins team-mate Sam Oomen.
Punch and it was followed by a counter-attack, with no one could shed the other. 6km before the line Dumoulin again tried to increase the offensive in a tunnel that was dirty. On the other side, Froome countered, but Dumoulin could not keep up.
The Dutchman shook his head as Froome rode off with the rest of the group in tow. 5 km before the race the fight over Pink was over. During the closing kilometer, Carapaz tried in vain to overtake López's 47-second lead over White and the third overall, but he could not get rid of his compatriot.
Dumoulin used a slowdown in the group to come back, but there would be no more attacks. He came with the chosen group, led by a sprint Froome – his giros victory assured – next to Superdomestique Wout Poels.
Up the mountain, Mitchelton-Scott got her consolation prize – and it was a big one – with Nieve crossing the line solo for the Australian team's fifth stage win.
|1||Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott||5:43:38|
|3||Felix Grossschartner (Author) Bora-Hansgrohe||02:41|
|4||Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF||0:03:45|
|5||Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:05:23|
|6||Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky  0:06:03|
|7||Chris Froome (GBr) Great Britain|
|8||Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe||19659038]|
|9||Domenic o Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida|
|10||Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team|
|1||Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky||86:11:50|| 2||Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunscreen||0:00:46|
|3||Miguel Angel Lopez (Col.) Astana Pro Team  0:04:57|
|4||Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team||0:05:44|
|5||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida||0:08:03 |
|6||Pello Bilboa (Spa) Astana Pro Team||0:11:50|
|7||Patrick Konrad (Author) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:13:01|
|8||George Bennett (NZL) LottoNL-Jumbo||0:13:17|
|9||Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb||0:14:18|
|10||Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe||0 : 15: 16|