Romain Bardet: Nowhere to hide when Giro d’Italia hits Blockhaus

In Naples, where seismic activity has defined the topography of the city, they know a thing or two about rising tension. The sinuous, urban circuit on stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia made for a day of gnawing, low-grade anxiety among the general classification contenders, but they all reached the finish on the seafront safely in the peloton. Nobody’s challenge saw Naples and died.

The tectonics of this Giro are slowly beginning to shift, however, and something has to give soon. The tense Neapolitan leg followed Friday’s arduous run through Basilicata mountain country, and fatigue is steadily diffusing through the gruppo. Romain Bardet (DSM) expects the first major jolt to the overall standings to come atop the Blockhaus on stage 9.

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