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I didn’t get to see last night’s 191km stage from Piombino to Orvieto which included the strade bianche (white roads) sections. Last year these unsealed roads were featured in Stage 7 with Cadel taking the stage and Ritchie Porte regaining the white jersey, but they were nero instead of biancha. Regardless of the weather, these roads make for excellent racing! However, it sounds like a day Millar would like to forget…
In case you’re interested, during most of the major races the teams and the media are given these booklets that show all sorts of extra information (maps, honor roll, supplementary information). It’s usually given out in the media pack in hardcopy format when you check-in, but RCS has also given a softcopy this year as well. You can download it here if you want to check it out (about 20MB).
Cam’s Giro Diary
Giro Blog – Stage 5, 191km
For some reason the food tastes a little different down here. That would be because for 15km I could not see anymore then 10 meters ahead of me as dust and sand flew into my mouth, ears, eyes and well everywhere. The sight of a white cloud is what you would of seen as 200 riders hit the unpaved roads of what they call the Strade Bianche.
I like to call this stage Mayhem and Chaos. It really is a battle field out there and our team had the hardest job of all, defending the leaders jersey.
The stage started well as we tried to make sure the breakaway was nothing dangerous. We got a lucky break and only one rider from BMC went away. We allowed him out to 11 minutes before we began our chase.
Brett Lancaster and I were given the job to set the pace and begin to reel in the escapee for the next 100km until we hit the dirt roads. We had a slight mishap at the half way mark when David Millar went for the intermediate sprint to take some bonus seconds and crashed. He was un-injured and able to rejoin.
20km before the dirt roads the pace was on. Teams were already setting up there leaders to hit the white gravel at the front of the peleton. My job was done and although I tried to bring some bottles up to the guys one more time the legs said no. I had 40km to go and slowly ride to the finish while having a bit of my sandwich along the way.
David didn’t have the nicest of days and lost the pink jersey to Peter Weening from Rabobank who took the stage. Our French GC hope Christophe Le Mevel is riding awesome and finished fourth on the stage and has moved within 5 seconds of the jersey inside the top five in the overall.
It was a great team ride by the guys today and although we lost the jersey we still had a good result and showed we have a good team here.
I think tomorrow could be a break away or maybe a sprint or maybe a select group. 216km of up and down roads all day will make for a challenging stage.
DATA INTEREST – Highest average watts for a stage so far at the Giro (besides the TTT) is 292. We have not even hit the big mountains yet.
Until Tomorrow. Ciao.
courtesy of Veeral Patel and RCS
Stage 5 Results
1 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 4:54:49
2 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC 0:00:08
3 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli
4 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo
5 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
9 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana
156 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 18:49
156 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
161 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
187 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:20:28
190 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
192 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:21:54
193 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack
General Classification after Stage 5
1 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 14:59:33
2 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad 0:00:02
3 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad
4 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:05
5 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:22
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:24
7 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:00:26
8 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:28
9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:30
10 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:33