Giro d'Italia - Chris Froome: It was now or never
May 25 2018 05:28 pm CET

Giro d'Italia - Chris Froome: It was now or never
Giro d'Italia - Chris Froome: It was now or never
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

Chris Froome took the stage win and jumped to the lead of the general classification in what turned out to be a historical move by the Team Sky leader.

The Briton attacked on the Finestre climb at 80 kilometers from the finish, and finished three minutes ahead of his first chasers.

"I don't think I've ever attacked with 80 k's to go like that before, on my own, going all the way to the finish," he said. "The team did such a fantastic job to set that up for me. It was gonna take something really special today to first get rid of Simon (Yates) and then get away from (Tom) Dumoulin and (Domenico) Pozzovivo.

"To go from fourth to first, I wasn't gonna do that on the last climb alone so I had to try from far out and the Colle delle Finestre was the place to do it."

Part of the Finestre climb was unpaved, which seemed to suit the five-times Tour de France winner well.

"Gravel roads, I guess it reminds me a bit of riding on the roads back in Africa," he said. "It just felt good and it was now or never, I had to try."

With one mountain stage to go, Froome now has a lead of 40 seconds on second-placed Dumoulin.

"It's great. Obviously still a really hard day tomorrow but the legs have been feeling good and I've been feeling better and better as this race is going on. Even today out front I gave it everything but I also tried to stay within my limits. Hopefully we can finish this off now tomorrow."



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