Five questions for the final week of the Giro d'Italia

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"Hope for the best and prepare for the worst." Tao Geoghegan Hart was talking about the weather conditions in the final week of the Giro d'Italia, but the Ineos Grenadiers rider might as well have been referring to everything else too, given that the hardest is yet to come in the most tumultuous race of an already turbulent season.

The reputation of the Giro's third week precedes it, and it has certainly been amplified by the two recent, late turnarounds, namely Vincenzo Nibali's comeback in 2016 and Chris Froome's Finestre miracle two years later. Or, as the journalist Cristiano Gatti put it in Tuttobici (albeit in a piece downplaying the possibility of another Nibali fight back), "It's not just any week that's left: it's the capital Week, the famous Third Week, the mother of all weeks."

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