Chris Froome moved up to fourth overall at the Giro d’Italia after a strong performance in the stage 16 time trial saw him put time into a host of his rivals.
Froome finished fifth in the individual time trial won by Rohan Dennis (BMC), with Tom Dumoulin the only other GC contender to go quicker on the 34.2km test from Trento to Roverto.
“I think it’s all to race for. Simon [Yates] has been untouchable so far, so it will be interesting to see how he goes after the time trial and he goes in this last block, but I can’t see anyone taking that jersey off his shoulders”, said Froome.
“Tomorrow should be a straightforward day on paper, but this is the Giro – anything could happen – then we’ve got three really big mountain stages back to back and those are generally where we’ve seen some big updates if there are going to be any.
“Still a lot could happen in this race. The parcours leads to some very aggressive racing, so let’s see.”
“I rode that the way I wanted to, I didn’t take any risks out on the course today, especially after what happened in Jerusalem.
“Maybe Im lacking a little bit of confidence on the corners, but in terms of power and feelings I was pretty happy today.”