Team High Road hammered out another impressive win in the Giro today with Greipel sprinting to the win followed closely by Cavendish. This was Greipel’s first win of the Giro while Cavendish already has two stage wins this year. Alberto Contador of Astana remains in the pink jersey by 41 seconds over Riccardo Ricco’ of Saunier Duval.
Team High Road was in full-force in the final 500 meters with four riders in the mix-Greipel, Cavendish, Brad Wiggins, and Tony Martin. Wiggins and Martin took care of the lead out duties through two 90-degree turns and with 250 meters to go it looked like Greipel was set to lead out Cavendish for another win. But Greipel continued his sprint all the way to the line and took it for himself.
Skeptics are already questioning if Cavendish “let” Greipel have the win. During post-race interviews Greipel seemed taken back by the insinuation and was adamant that there were no such plans.
Regardless what you think, with multiple stage wins already, and now this one-two finish, Team High Road is making a statement to the Pro Peleton.
GC after stage 17:
1. Alberto Contador (ESP), Astana in 72:14:40 at s.t.
2. Riccardo Ricco’ (ITA), Saunier Duval in 72:15:21 at 0:41
3. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 72:16:01 at 1:21
4. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre in 72:16:40 at 2:00
5. Franco Pellizotti (ITA), Liquigas in 72:16:45 at 2:05
6. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 72:16:58 at 2:18
7. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank in 72:17:27 at 2:47
8. Emanuele Sella (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 72:19:05 at 4:25
9. Broeck Jurgen Van Den (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 72:19:06 at 4:26
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 72:20:05 at 5:25
20. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana in 72:31:21 at 16:41
40. Christian Vandevelde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle in 72:54:34 at 39:54