Although Froome escaped and soloed to the win, he was closely trailed by magila rosa holder Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who had the Sky rider in sight at the line but couldn't close the gap on the punishing slopes of the Zoncolan. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) was third.
Behind, defending Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) kept a steady pace, limiting his losses to 37 seconds and, ahead of the stage 16 time trial, is in a strong position to move into the race lead there as he trails Yates by 1:24. Pozzovivo jumped over Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) into third overall at 1:37 with Froome in fifth still 3:10 behind.
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