At the end of the fifteenth stage of the Giro, which ended on a mountain top, Domenico Pozzovivo and Jan Hirt finished in the maglia rosa group. In contrary to the previous day, the favorites didn’t battle on the final climb in Cogne, after a particularly fast beginning of the stage.
The first 75 kilometer were covered at a speed of more than 50 kilometer per hour because of the battle for the early breakaway. This group was finally formed at the foot of Pila-Les-Fleurs and gained an advantage of more than five minutes at the top. Despite an acceleration in the maglia rosa group on the following climb Verrogne, the escapees battled for the stage win in Cogne. Pozzovivo and Hirt were well protected all day and will start the final week in 5th and 12th position in the general classification.