Only 24 hours after his stage victory in Aprica, Jan Hirt climbed again onto the podium in the seventeenth stage of the Tour of Italy. Thanks to a second consecutive breakaway, the Czech rider finished third, bettering once more his position in the general classification.
Almost immediately after the start in Ponte di Legno, Rein Taaramäe and Hirt took advantage from the Passo del Tonale to attack and distance the peloton in a group of 25 riders.
Thanks to the work of the Estonian rider, the breakaway managed to win its contest with the peloton and the gap increased to six minutes at the start of the two last climbs, Valico del Vitriolo (11.8 km at 7.7%) and Monterovere (8 km at 9.6%) within the final 40 kilometer.
One day after his victorious breakaway, Jan Hirt climbed on the third step of the podium in Lavarone. Thanks to his performance he wins two positions in the provisional classification, so he now occupies seventh place. With Domenico Pozzovivo, tenth, the Belgian team has still two men in the top ten after this seventeenth stage.