Stage 14 was one of the highest mountain stages and the weather did not help with the gruelling incline. Reaching an elevation of 2035m, the route of stage 14 ran 168km from Cervere to Bardonecchia seeing two massive mountains to climb. The route was actually changed due to snow and blocked roads, meaning the route avoided the ski station Sestriere and stayed on a low course while still finishing in Bardonecchia.
After a day of driving rain, pretty serious crashes where previous stage winner Enrico Battaglin and Alessandro Vanotti were forced to retire with a broken rib and collarbone; slippery conditions which tested all the riders. The man who pushed through, sprinted to the finish on an incline and took the stage 14 jersey, was Italian Mauro Santambrogio in a time of 4-42-55
In such rainy conditions tyre traction and brake performance are crucial, so it is essential the Giro riders bikes are in premium condition.
Stage 15 was another grueling day with Snowy conditions and the route having to be shortened again due to weather conditions.
'Another mighty mountain stage. As with the previous stage snow had affected the parcours. The mighty Col de Galibier was snowed in, so the finish moved from its summit to the Marco Pantani memorial lower down its slopes. This was the first time that the iconic Galibier has featured in the Giro and it did not disappoint.
Under falling snow Visconti continued Movistar's great run in this year's race with his solo victory. Leaving his breakaway companions on the slopes of the Col de Telegraphe he gave his all for this victory. Behind the GC contenders lit it up in the final kilometres of the race. Bentancur and Majka attacking for the young rider's white jersey, whilst behind race leader Nibali tried a couple of attacks, but Evans and Uran Uran responded to his tests.' - Phil Gale
Stage 15 results
1) Giovanni Visconti (ITA)-Movistar-4.40.48
2) Carlos Betancur (COL)-Ag2r-La Mondiale -42
3) Przemyslaw Niemiec (POL)-Lampre-Merida-ST
4) Rafal Majka (POL)-Saxo-Tinkoff
5) Fabio Duarte (COL)-Team Columbia -47
6) Michele Scarponi (ITA)-Lampre-Merida -54
7) Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)-Astana -ST
8) Cadel Evans (AUS)-BMC Racing
9) Mauro Santambrogio (ITA)-Vini Fantini
10) Rigoberto Uran (COL)-Team Sky
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy/Astana) 62:02:34'
2. Cadel Evans (Australia/BMC Racing) 1:26'
3. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia/Team Sky) 2:46'
4. Mauro Santambrogio (Italy/Vini Fantini) 2:47'
5. Michele Scarponi (Italy/Lampre) 3:53'