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Nairo Quintana limits his losses in the Maglia Rosa during the time trial. // Photo: TDWsport.com

17-05-2017, CANYON Giro d'Italia

Rory Sutherland's Giro Journal, Part 2

Over the 21 stages of a Grand Tour, anything can happen. While armchair critics lamented a lack of action from the main contenders throughout the first week of the Giro, it only took one mountain top finish for the whole race to be turned upside down. All of sudden, those critics were silenced.

Movistar Team has not put a wheel out of line so far in this Giro. In every situation, they have been visible at the front, a perfect rank of riders in blue protecting their leader, Nairo Quintana. Fully focussed on the task at hand during the first week, it was the Giro's second weekend when the floodgates opened for attacking racing.

With two stage wins in the bag and the Maglia Rosa on Quintana’s shoulders going into the second rest day, morale in the Movistar Team camp was high. Still, the biggest tests of this 100th Giro lie further down the road, and the whole team, staff and riders, has to be ready. From experience, they know to take things one day at a time.

Quintana may have ground to make up after losing his lead in the race’s first time trial, but the finale in Milan is still a long way away. Hear from rider Rory Sutherland about the team’s approach from the second rest day as he looks ahead to another big week at the front of the pack.