Chris Froome put in a ride for the ages to power his way into the overall lead of the Giro d’Italia on stage 19.
It was a case of now or never - we had to go for it.
Froome's team-mates played a key role in turning the race upside down. Early on Sergio Henao and David de la Cruz were piling on the pressure as part of an early break on the Colle del Lys.
The action really ramped up on the early slopes of the Finestre, with Salvatore Puccio and De La Cruz setting a tempo, before Kenny Elissonde ripped the group apart. Shortly after Froome launched his winning move, 80km from home.
After jumping out of the team car, a thrilled Sport Director in Nicolas Portal gave his views.
He told Eurosport: "We forget that it’s Chris Froome. We believed it could happen. We’ve been pushing Froomey, he never wanted to stop. He wanted to fight until the end and it shows how strong he is. It’s unbelievable.
Unsurprised to see his team leader in pink, he told Eurosport: "We spent all day yesterday really dissecting the stage, looking where everybody was at. The plan was always for Chris to come good in this little block, and the Finestre was going to be decisive. We thought maybe it was a little too far out but you’ve got the 27 hairpins at the bottom and that’s where the guys put it on the line and split the race up.
1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 5:12:26
1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 80:21:59
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +40"
3. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) +4:17"
4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +4:57"
5. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) +5:44"