Stage 18, 161 km from Oderzo to Val de Zoldo and stage victory for the current Italian road race champion, Fillipo Zana. Action in the general classification with Primoz Roglic reclaiming second as Joao Almeida failed to hold the pace being set. Geraint Thomas retains pink on his 37 birthday.
So what’s the lesson? Moving on is a skill. During the final kilometres of the stage attacks, I pondered the potential impact of Remco Evenepoel's presence in the race. His team, Soudal Quick Step, now has just two riders left. Before the race, I exchanged messages with Evenepoel's team press officer, who was amidst pre-Giro press briefings and a hectic schedule. After leaving the race due to Covid, Evenepoel and his press officer’s priorities undoubtedly shifted. In professional cycling, it is common to recalibrate and focus on the next objective rather than dwell on what could have been. Moving forward is a skill that requires time and effort, but it enables us to channel our energy constructively.