Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) moved closer to overall victory at the Giro d’Italia by finishing second behind compatriot Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) on stage 14.
Freezing weather wreaked havoc as the Giro moved into the Alps, with race organisers forced to remove the first of the day’s two major climbs.
That left a revised 180km route which still conclude with a summit finish to Jafferau; a climb which has an average gradient of nine per cent over 7.3km.
Nibali made his move with 1.6km to the line and only Santambrogio was able to follow the champion-elect through the gloom.
These pictures tell the story of a dramatic day in the mountains.