No surprises, but it starts to get serious. In the stage 17 with the arriving in Cortina, the bunch of the favorites make selection in the last climb. The overall standing begins to grow longer, on top remains only the best.
Once again the pace forced by Liquigas Cannondale takes high the speed to avoid unpleasant surprises. Only one emotion when Michele Scarponi loses several seconds on the top of the Giau, due to a crisis of cramps.
But the Lampre rider grits his teeth and descends from the Giau with a brilliant riding, reaching the bunch in the last 2 km.
On the finish line of Cortina, Joaquim Rodriguez puts the wheels in front of all the best, sprinting in front of a great Ivan Basso.
The only final judgment is for Roman Kreuziger. On top of the Giau he was late from the best with over 11 minuts.
The pink jersey remains on the shoulders of Joaquim Rodriguez.
The other contenders for the Maglia Rosa began to be afraid.