Thanks to Matt Conn for sending in this pic of Richie and Lloydie from the race start.  Matt is an Aussie living in Italy who writes for PezCyclingNews.

Matt Conn embedded in the crowds of Monte Zoncolan (photo by Matt).

Richie comes in 18th on the stage (only 5:46 down) and manages to keep second overall.  Go Richie!

Notice the human fences lining the road in alternating blue and camouflage.  Check out the guy in the yellow afro joining in…

Basso dropped Evans with 2k to go

“It’s been a marvelous day for me, the most beautiful since my return to the peloton.”

Are we as outraged at Basso’s first victory back as we were with Vino’s?

Do you think Cadel still has a chance at winning the Giro?    Stage 16 in a short uphill TT on unsealed roads.   Stage 17 is a mountaintop finish but isn’t challenging enough to favor Cadel and split the group.   Stage 18 is flat and has no place to make up time.   Stage 19 and Stage 20 will be Cadel’s best bet but he’ll have to attack and put some serious time into his rivals.  It’ll be hard to beat Basso since he has Nibali by his side and BMC has been decimated.

You never know…stranger things have happened in this race so far.