Canazei (Val di Fassa), 24 May 2017 – Pierre Rolland put an end to a long drought as he rolled out to claim the victory he seeked throughout many attacks. He rode away from km 0, waited for a counterattack and then found the route to success with 7km to go in another very long stage. Tom Dumoulin retained the Maglia Rosa after being threatened by the presence of Jan Polanç in the winning move.
RECORD NUMBERS ON TV AND WEB
Yesterday’s stage, with Mortirolo and double Stelvio climbs, saw record audience numbers for the Giro 100:
Yesterday, French TV La Chaîne L’Equipe bettered its own audience record thanks to the Stelvio stage: an average of 640,000 viewers between 12.32 and 17.12, with an average audience share of 7.9%. The impressive peak at the stage finish was 1,100.000 viewers and a 16.5% share, making La Chaîne L’Equipe the most viewed channel in France at that time.
giroditalia.it had more than 5,000,000 unique page views with 745,000 unique users, while the mobile app had over 3,000,000 unique page views with 140,000 unique users.
Pierre Rolland won on the same day, 24 May, that his compatriot Antonin Rolland claimed a stage win of the Giro at Pescara in 1957 (they aren’t related!).
This is the 63rd stage win for French riders at the Giro. The last was stage 10 by Nacer Bouhanni at Salsomaggiore Terme in 2014.
Pierre Rolland’s first stage victory at the Giro comes after two stage wins at the Tour de France: stage 19 to L’Alpe d’Huez in 2011 and stage 11 to La Toussuire in 2012. He finished fourth overall in his first Giro d’Italia, in 2014.
The record of riders from 11 different nations winning a Giro stage – established in 2010 – is now equalled with France joining Austria, Germany, Colombia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, The Netherlands, Luxemburg and Italy. The 11 nations in 2010 were: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden and the USA.