After the second rest day the Giro d’Italia resumed today with an individual time trial of 39.8 kilometres. The stage started in Foligno, where André Griepel claimed his second stage win last year, and finished in Montefalco. Maxime Monfort was the last Lotto Soudal rider to start the time trial. At the moment when Maxime passed the first intermediate point he had the third provisional best time. The Belgian kept his strong pace going and finished well-deserved at a seventh place with a time of 52’50”. Tom Dumoulin, the top favourite for the stage win, was merciless for the competition and won the individual time trial with a time of 50’37”. Dumoulin is also the new leader on GC. His first chaser, Quintana, is 2’23” behind on GC.

Maxime Monfort: “This was my best individual time trial race ever in a Grand Tour. I’m very satisfied. I finished a handful of seconds begind Nibali and Kiryienka, two great riders. A time trial right after a rest day is always special. It was far more difficult for me yesterday, during the recon, than today. I had a good feeling before the start, but didn’t feel great. That changed, however,  during the race. On the GC nothing has changed for me. This morning I was nineteenth and now this is still the case. But this great performance has given me a real confidence boost that I can finish on the top fifteen. “

“Dumoulin’s race was really impressive. I think he’s the top favourite now. Nibali, Quintana and Pinot will have to attack a lot and I think that’s a good thing for me. Perhaps they will all start looking at each other now and there will be more chances for a breakaway to survive. Hopefully I can get away in a break this edition of the Giro d’Italia. Tomorrow is immediately such an opportunity and Thursday and Friday are possibilities  for Greipel. The next days are really interesting for myself and our team. “