“I did my best for the GC today. I went into the breakaway to gain time. To also win the stage was a surprise because that was not my original plan. On the last climb I gave all of my energy and for this effort I earned the stage victory. I am happy with this result. I am third place now so I will keep trying for the pink jersey. My first goal is the general classification.” It was a third grand tour stage win for the Russian rider with a previous Giro stage win in 2015 and a Tour stage win in 2016.
- Ilnur Zakarin climbs to stage win and 3rd on GC