Giro d’Italia Stage 2 – Hold Your Line!

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Love him or hate him, I don’t think pro cycling would be as dramatic and exciting without Cavendish. He certainly gives us lots to talk about. For a man who’s known for not holding his line, he was pretty self-righteous about protesting Petacchi’s sprint. Personally, I thought Cav had a right to get upset in this instance. You be the judge by looking at the video below.

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244km to go. 243km to go. Hmmm at this rate we are going to be here all day. Yep that’s how the race started but in saying that I loved every minute of the pace we rolled off at.
2km into the race and we had the breakaway for the day. One solo rider was out front by himself and he must of had way too many coffees on the bus to want to go for a 220km solo ride. When you here tho that there is only one rider in the break it is a nice feeling because for the next 2 hours we can roll along slowly chatting away while he builds his gap to almost 20 minutes lead.
After 2 hours of rolling along it was time to start lifting the pace. The chase began and actually for the next 3 hours I can’t remember going much under 50km hour due to the strong tail wind we had most of the day.
Our team objective today was to set up a sprint finish for our leader Tyler Farrar. For most of the day Peter Stetina spent his time on the front slowly reeling in the 20 minute gap and after 220km he was caught. With 25km to go a break of nine broke clear and panic stations started. HTC and our team quickly reacted and Matt Wilson and I were on the front chasing them down.
For 15km we had four riders chop through as hard as we could to get the break back and make sure it was a sprint. For that duration of the chase I don’t think I went much under 400watts. We realled them in luckily and with 5km to go my job was done and it was up to Tyler and his lead out to do their thing.
The guys did a great job at putting Tyler right at the front of the bunch with 700 meters to go but unfotunately today things didn’t quite click and Tyler finished in 7th place. He is super motivated to win a stage here and so I’m sure the next sprint stage he will go very close.
Tomorrow will be an interesting stage with two little smacker hills near the finish. I think we will see a very attacking and hard finish with maybe a small group staying clear to the line.

Last 5km


courtesy of Veeral Patel and RCS

Stage 2 Results

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 5:45:40
2 Mark Cavendish (Gbr) HTC-Highroad
3 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox
4 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
5 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
6 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling
7 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
8 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack
9 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Leopard Trek

21 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad
56 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
103 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
121 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
195 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
196 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo

General Classification after Stage 2

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 6:06:27
2 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:12
3 Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-Highroad
4 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad
5 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad
6 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:00:16
7 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack 0:00:22
8 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack
9 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack
10 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack

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