To put that into perspective: today Milan has the chance to become the first rider other than Arnaud Demare to win three sprints at a Giro d’Italia since the 2018 edition. Winning such a haul of sprints in a Grand Tour as testing as the Giro is rare, and would underline just what a serious talent the 23-year-old is.

Jonathan Milan was successful the last time the Giro had a sprint two days ago, a result that gave him the status as the race’s best sprinter – and the first rider to win multiple bunch sprints at a Giro since the 2022 edition. Though the bunch finishes have been open, Milan has been the most consistent, reflected in his big lead in the Points Classification, and today has the chance to complete a major haul of victories.

As for today, it’s a chance for the sprinters to come back to the fore – and for the last time in a while, before we reach the Alps. Read our preview of what to expect. 

Yesterday was all about Julian Alaphilippe, who at last put years of problems behind him to take a spectacular victory. It was a special day, and one we’ve reflected on here.

Following yesterday’s action-packed breakaway day, when the attacks barely relented all day as scores of riders eyed-up a chance to get up the road and grab a stage win, stage thirteen is expected to be much more serene. It’s one of the flattest stages of the race, and therefore one that should be nailed-on for the sprinters.

Buongiorno and welcome to Cycling News‘ live coverage of stage 13 of the 2024 Giro d’Italia!