As we all take a break from the daily Giro excitement, here are some photos from the last few stages.
The Giro's first mountain-top finish was in a beautiful setting at Abruzzo's Roccaraso ski resort. The red foliage of faggio trees (beech trees) gave the slopes an autumnal look.
A jubilant Tim Wellens won the stage with a big enough margin for some finish line heroics.
Among the GC favorites, Nibali had the roughest finish, losing a handful of seconds to his rivals.
While leading in a small group fifteen minutes after Wellens finished, Manuele Mori apparently saw someone he knew in the commentary box.
Wellens at the post-stage press conference:
At the start of following day's stage, Tom Dumoulin in the maglia rosa led the peloton out of Sulmona.
On the first pass through Arezzo, 31 kilometers from the finish of stage eight, the big GC guys were all together.
Brambilla took the first Italian stage win of this Giro.
His breakaway companion, De Marchi, finished a minute and a half later, just holding off the charging GC men.
A gap in the favorites group gave Chaves and Zakarin a three-second advantage over Majka, Nibali, and Uran.
It was a day to forget for Dumoulin, who lost his maglia rosa to Brambilla, and slipped to more than a minute behind his GC rivals.
Brambilla looked like he was having the time of his life on the podium.
Stunning Greve in Chianti hosted the finish of the stage nine time trial.
This tifoso's house, and his baby, were ready in rosa for the Giro's arrival.
The buffet lunch in the stage headquarters featured a Chianti tasting. Nice!
By the time i big finished, it was raining too hard to take out the camera, but I got shots of some of the earlier finishers, including Tim Wellens and Joe Dombrowski.
Last look at Cancellara before he headed home from the Giro: