Last night’s stage wasn’t one I was willing to stay up late to watch since there are some big evenings ahead, but judging by the photos and video it looked fairly good. I always love seeing a breakaway stick by only a few seconds and watching a bunch of non-sprinters duke it out over not holding each other’s line. Priceless! If there’s one rule in sprinting, it’s that you should never try to come through on the inside. All sprinters know this, but sometimes there’s no other option or they try to get away with it anyway. Visconti couldn’t make up his mind on which way he wanted to overtake Ulissi and probably switched from the right to the left for shelter from the wind. “Inside suicide” my old track coach always told us.
On another note, I feel horrible that I cursed Matty Wilson’s Giro by writing about him yesterday. He pulled out of last night’s stage because of his virus getting too bad to handle. Get well soon Matty.
New Website Coming!
I’m excited to announce that after many long months of planning, development, and heartache, I’ll be launching a new CyclingTips website tomorrow. Nothing major will be changing except for the layout of the front page, added content areas, and some backend technical clean-ups. No biggie, but this current website has been kludged together over a couple years and is doing my head in. Just like any site redesign, I’m certain you’ll hate it, complain about it, and then forget it ever happened in 2 weeks time.
The website will be down tomorrow afternoon and I expect many technical difficulties. This 3hr job will probably take 12hrs and I won’t be surprised if I rollback to the current one. Thanks in advance for your patience.
Cam’s Giro Diary
Someone turn the heaters down. Today was a hot, fast and long stage. Two mountains featured towards the end of the stage but they were not over the top steep just fairly long as they were 15km each.
We took off the start like rockets as nearly everyone knew the break would succeed today. This means 100 riders want to be in it and so it can take a fair while before it goes. At the 50km mark we had our break for the day with 15 riders going up the road.
Two riders who are high up in the overall classification snuck into the break. This meant the peleton was soon chasing and trying to not let them get to much of a lead.
It was extremely hot today with riders having there jerseys unzipped and pouring water over there heads to try and keep cool.
In the end the breakaway stayed away to take the stage. We had Christophe in it but he did not have the legs today and finished a little off the pace. I joined the groupetto as the mountains started and we had around 40 riders who rode into the finish together. I’m trying to save my legs a little for one more crack at a break away and the final time trial so hopefully it works.
A shorter 150km stage tomorrow which only means one thing, its going to be fast. Oh and today we averaged around 42km hour for 230km with over 3000 meters of climbing. Now that’s not mucking around.
courtesy of Veeral Patel, Sirotti, and RCS
Stage 17 Results
1 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 5:31:51
2 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
3 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli
4 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:04
5 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:00:08
6 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team
7 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Jesús Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard
9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana
10 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:10
87 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
143 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
DNF Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo (Oh no!!!!)
General Classification after Stage 17
1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 68:18:27
2 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:04:58
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:05:45
4 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:35
5 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:09:12
6 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 0:09:18
7 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:09:22
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC 0:09:38
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana 0:09:47
10 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:10:25
104 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 2:18:13
141 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 2:58:33
Stage 18 Preview
Stage 10 3D Tour of the Passo di Ganda Climb
courtesy of cyclingthealps.com
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