Short stages always promise fireworks, and stage 13 didn’t disappoint, with a frenetic pace and lots of attacks. The most interesting story for me, was Landa going on the attack with Contador and pulling back significant time on Froome. I wonder how loyal he will be if he feels he is stronger that Froome in the final week. Landa has to regret 2015, when he helped Aru when he was much stronger, and surrendered a potential Giro win to Contador. I’d hope Sky would let him take his chance if Froome clearly can’t keep up with him.
The second major story was the resurgence of Quintana. After being dropped early on stage 12, he bridged across to Contador and Landa comfortably and kept pace to the finish, pulling back big time on the leaders to bring him back within stricking distance. There are now eight riders with a reasonable shot at yellow.
Finally, Froome tried several times to get away from Aru, who handled the attacks fairly easily.
We now have two flatter stages, which should take the pressure off the GC guys until the rest day on Monday.