It was 12 years in the making, but when it finally arrived Michael Rogers’ first career Grand Tour victory was certainly one worth savouring.
The Australian continued the trend of success for the men from down under at this year’s Giro d’Italia with a perfectly-timed attack on the descent of the Naso di Gatto.
And, as you would expect from a three-time world time trial champion, once he had a gap he was able to make it count – soloing to what proved to be a very popular victory.
It was not such a joyous day for all however – crashes and injuries saw many riders return battered and bruised, and Luke Durbridge and Fabian Wegmann were forced to abandon.
Relive the enthralling, incident-packed stage through the lens of Stefano Sirotti in the full-screen gallery below.